At Sea, Abrolhos Bank, Brazil

Oct 21, 2017 - National Geographic Orion

Today was our last full day in the tropics, but the trade winds were still relentless. We had our eyes peeled all day for humpback whales, as we skirted near Abrolhos Bank (meaning “eyes open”). Birds were the highlight of the day, including sooty shearwater, South Polar skua, masked booby and sooty tern. 

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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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