It dawned upon the naturalist staff that we had beaten the sun to rise as we arrived at the silhouette of Puerto Cook’s peaks. Equipped with fresh coffee and our Zodiacs mounted with lights, we braved the wind and rain to reach the looming remains of Staten Island’s prison and cemetery left from the early twentieth century. A blue light washed over the early hikers’ path, traversing across Staten Island – a whopping half mile, each way. After drying off and a quick repositioning, we reached our next outing at the recreation of author Jules Verne’s iconic Lighthouse at the End of the World. Once the hikers had set out from the landing towards the lighthouse, the undersea team went for a dive in the thriving kelp forest nearby.