Drake Passage

Feb 06, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion plied her way south across the Drake Passage today, nudged along by a building and impressive swell. We had the good fortune of sighting no less than three species of albatross: black-browed, grey-headed, and the wandering albatross. In between presentations on seabirds, the Antarctic Treaty, and whales, we took time to marvel from the aft deck at the seabirds racing by. Tomorrow we anticipate our first glimpse of land and ice in Antarctica: Excitement builds by the hour!

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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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