Drake Passage

Dec 19, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

To be several hundred miles from land in the middle of the Southern Ocean is a very special wilderness experience. This area is so remote, so inhospitable to us, yet it is home for the albatrosses. Today we bundled up in our warmest clothes, armed with optics and cameras. We gathered on the aft deck and shared some special moments with the seabirds as they glided effortlessly by the ship.

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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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