At Sea (Approaches to Canary Islands, Spain)

Oct 09, 2017 - National Geographic Orion

We awoke to the incongruous blend of stridulating crickets (stowaways!) and a rich sea smell. A glassy sea was occasionally broken only by the perfect reflections of Cory’s shearwaters slicing their way from horizon to horizon, with no land in sight.  It was a relaxing day, punctuated with exciting cetacean encounters!

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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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