Lemaire Channel and Booth Island

Feb 12, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


Despite being at the most southern point of our journey (64 degrees south), today we experienced weather not normally associated with Antarctica: rain. But that didn’t deter us, and we had two wonderful landings at islands along the Lemaire Channel: Booth and Petermann Islands. We encountered many humpback and minke whales along the way.

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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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