Danger Islands, Iceberg Alley, Paulette Island

Jan 12, 2020 - National Geographic Explorer


Waking up to fog is always concerning on an expedition—you depend on clear skies not only to see what you hope to see, but to search for what you hope to see. But this is an expedition, and patience and perseverance are often rewarded. Today was no exception to this positive outlook.

While we weren’t able to access our planned morning stop, our plan B was no slouch. It could not have been a better day if we had planned it. Our first stop became the Danger Islands, home to a mega-colony of Adélie penguins, with more than one million nesting penguins. At the end of the morning, we cruised through Iceberg Alley, where we were treated to spectacular views of iceberg after iceberg. We finished off the day with a landing at Paulette Island, where we walked among thousands of Adélie penguins.

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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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