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


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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