A Dark Ship

A broad-billed prion at Gough Island. One of the many birds that we do not want to crash land on our ship. Photo by Andy Schofield

In collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protections of Birds (RSPB) and the Tristan da Cunha government, National Geographic Pristine Seas is conducting an expedition to Tristan da Cunha and its surrounding islands. During the expedition, our team will conduct comprehensive surveys of the health of its largely unknown marine environment, and produce a documentary film to highlight this unique ecosystem and the people that steward it. Learn more about the expedition.

On many of our expeditions we find a few seabirds on our deck in the morning and one of our important and fun pre-breakfast routines is to gather them up and send them on their way. But there are so many birds here at Tristan da Cunha that unless we use extreme measures at night we would wake up to a ship full of them.

So we are now a “dark ship.”

Before dark we close every porthole and curtain, extinguish all outside lights and make sure that there is no light visible at all outside the ship. We do love these birds but we don’t want to be knee deep in them!

You can also follow the expedition on Instagram and check out Tristan da Cunha and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for more coverage of the expedition.

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Meet the Author
Paul Rose is an ardent explorer, television presenter, journalist, author, and Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society, and an Expedition Leader on the Pristine Seas team.