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


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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