Gold Harbour

Nov 02, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


This morning, the reason for turning our clocks ahead became painfully clear. Our expedition leader’s voice came over the loud speakers at the ungodly hour of 4 a.m. The reason for this was billed as what could be the highlight of our expedition: a dawn visit to Gold Harbour, an easterly-facing beach with thousands of elephant seals and king penguins.

From the moment we arrived at the beach, we saw the gauntlet of elephant seals defending their territories. For some of us, it was one of the most exciting moments in our lives.

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Steve Morello

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Steve Morello has had a long and colorful career in the natural history world. Born in New Jersey he was lucky to be able to summer on the shores of Cape Cod. Whether it was exploring the tidal pools, snorkeling along the beach, or hiking in the dunes, it all came together to instill in him a deep connection to the natural world. It was no surprise that he would return to the Cape as a whale researcher in his adult years. It was on the Cape that Steve first became involved in guiding, and for 15 years acted as naturalist on whale watching boats in the Gulf of Maine. Steve worked with groups creating environmental education material for school programs and soon found another one of his passions, photography.

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