Along the Scotia Sea & Southern Ocean

Mar 02, 2019 - National Geographic Orion


Out over the deep abyssal plain and across the Antarctic Convergence Zone: Today was one of transition from Antarctic waters to the cool temperate climes of the South Atlantic. We are halfway between South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. While wildlife was thinly spread, the change in environmental conditions heralded a distinct species composition. Today we saw several species that were new for our voyage. Namely, the southern right whale, hourglass dolphin, soft-plumaged petrel and Kerguelen petrel.

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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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