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


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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