Red Rock Ridge, Antarctica

Jan 01, 2020 - National Geographic Explorer


New Year’s Eve is celebrated in many different ways. There are those who like traditions and those who find new ways to bring in the New Year, never mind the new decade. We got to celebrate it in a very unusual way this year: we were crossing the Antarctic Circle very close to midnight on National Geographic Explorer, meaning we awoke in 2020 aboard the southernmost passenger vessel in the world!

After two days of sailing through the Drake Passage with nothing but ocean in view, we left the confines of the interior of the ship to be in the company of icebergs on our way to Red Rock Ridge, our first landing in the white continent. It was a continental landing, meaning that we would be setting foot on the actual continent of Antarctica—another milestone for the day.

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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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