At Sea, Drake Passage

Nov 29, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

The first full day of our expedition saw us tackle the infamous Drake Passage. Opinion is always divided regarding who wants a rough crossing versus who wants a calm crossing. However, we seemed to get the best of both worlds today: while the sea was rough (up to 20-foot swells), it was a following sea and the National Geographic Explorer handled it superbly. It was a classic birding day, with a total of six different albatross species seen!

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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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Eric Wehrmeister

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Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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