Drake Passage

Dec 16, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

After an inspirational week in Antarctica, we are northbound today. Although not quite a “Drake Lake,” the Drake Passage is uncharacteristically calm which helped us find some killer whales en route. These were no ordinary killer whales though. We sighted the least known of all killer whales, known as Type-D or sub-antarctic killer whales. 

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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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