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


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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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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