At Sea, Scotia Sea

Mar 05, 2018 - National Geographic Orion

As we work our way northwards and westwards towards the Falkland Islands, the air is getting warmer and the weather more settled. Although we have left the Southern Ocean and entered the South Atlantic, the seabird species composition reminds us that we are not far from the frigid waters of Antarctica. Today we had phalanxes of grey petrel, great shearwater, and white-chinned petrel following the ship, as well as wandering and royal albatross (the two largest flying birds on the planet!). 

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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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