Drake Passage

Dec 26, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

Although we have left the White Continent behind us, we experienced some wonderful snow showers at sea today as we sailed north across the Drake Passage. As we approached the Antarctic Convergence Zone (the oceanographic boundary of the Southern Ocean), an unusually large number of humpback and fin whales were seen between the snow showers. 

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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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