Morgan Peissel has had adventures literally from birth. His parents were living in Mexico and his pregnant mother couldn’t make it to a Mexico City hospital in time, so “Morgancito” was born in a geriatric clinic in Cuernavaca. The family moved to Cadaques, a Spanish town on the Mediterranean, where the boy took, and later taught, sailing lessons.
When his parents divorced, he moved with his mother and older sister to Cambridge, where he sailed on the Charles River. And he spent his summers with his father in Cadaques and traveled with him to Bali, Nepal, and Tibet.
A film buff, Peissel worked as an assistant to Oscar-winning filmmaker Erroll Morris before becoming the IMAX projectionist at the New England Aquarium. His sister, Octavia, lives in Paris and works for director Wes Anderson.
While the other two sail on to Vancouver, Peissel flew out of Dutch Harbor on Thursday and will be an usher at a family wedding in Florida next week. His mother is eager for him to come home, but she knows it may not be for long.
“He wants to look for the elusive Tibetan Blue Bear, one of the rarest sub-species of bear in the world,” she said. Little is known about the bear, and it has rarely been spotted in the wild.
“I’d actually like to go on that trip,” said Allen. “I wonder if he’d let his mom come along.”
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