At Sea, Seine Seamount, Portugal

Oct 08, 2017 - National Geographic Orion

Dawn broke to a flat calm sea and a muggy atmosphere that saturated the ship in a warm dew. The low clouds soon lifted to give a warm, blue sky day on the open ocean. With no land in sight in any direction and only one other ship seen all day, we had the whales, dolphins, seabirds and turtles all to ourselves as we plied our way south. 

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Conor Ryan


Hailing from Cobh in the south of Ireland, Conor Ryan grew up on the shores of Cork Harbour where his fascination with the sea led him to study zoology at University College Cork. He continued his studies in marine biology in Galway, where he completed his Ph.D. thesis on the diet and population structure of baleen whales in the Celtic Sea using stable isotope analysis. His research also brought him to Cape Verde in search of the breeding grounds of humpback whales that frequent the coasts of Ireland. However these whales have not yet given up their secret!

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