Drake Passage

Dec 29, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


Today we experienced the rare “Drake Lake” – an infrequent event where the Drake Passage is calm and merciful. While it provided comfort to most on board, it made bird-spotting somewhat difficult. After all, the birds which inhabit this normally ferocious sea rely on strong winds to take to the air in search of food. While the abundance of birds was low, we documented an impressive 13 species. Tonight we cross the Antarctic Convergence Zone and push south of 60 degrees and into Antarctic waters. 

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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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