Port Charcot and Hidden Bay

Jan 04, 2020 - National Geographic Explorer

This morning a dense fog covered our little piece of planet earth, dampening more than the decks of National Geographic Explorer. We were all excited about visiting this landing site after our expedition leader Jimmy had given us such rave reviews of the place. It would be, after all, one of the few places we could see all three species of brush-tailed penguins in one place. He had also talked about the incredible beauty of the bay, packed with icebergs of magnificent grandeur. His voice over the PA at breakfast was hopeful as he announced that we would spend our morning listening to a couple lectures and hope that the fog would lift in time for us to venture out after lunch. With an almost clairvoyant ability he was right on the money as we watched the sky and the view clear before our eyes during our mid-day meal.

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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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Sarah Culler

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Sarah was raised on a multi-generational family dairy farm, established circa 1815 in Lucas, Ohio. Consequently, her first paying job was milking cows! Rewarding as it was to get paid for the first time, she found her passion behind the lens of a camera. Growing up on the farm gave her not only a strong work ethic but also the love of nature and being outdoors. 

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