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


Conor Ryan is a congenital ecologist. His career began in the late 1980s, when he developed a keen interest in intertidal ecology, undertaking almost daily field trips to the seashore across from his home in Cobh, Ireland. Though he logged significant hours searching beneath barnacle-studded rocks for eels, his publication record on this seminal research was sorely lacking because he was five years old. As he grew, so too did the size of the marine creatures that he was preoccupied with. 

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