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


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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