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

Naturalist

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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