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

Naturalist

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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