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


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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