At Sea, Drake Passage

Dec 09, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

Although not quite the fabled “Drake Lake”, day one of our Drake Passage crossing was very gentle. Light winds and a mere three-meter swell on our tails made for very comfortable sailing indeed. Activities for today included three presentations and a practical bird photography session on the aft deck in pleasant, even warm, sunshine.

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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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