Bear Island, Svalbard, Norway

May 12, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

Today, en route to the Svalbard archipelago, we visited Bear Island, one of the many isolated islands that punctuate the Barents Sea. Conditions were decidedly colder than they have been recently, with gusty winds. We rode a Zodiac to a sheltered bay on the south coast, exploring sea cliffs that are home to thousands of screeching kittiwakes, Brunnich’s guillemots, and fulmars.

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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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