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


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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