Drake Passage

Dec 20, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


National Geographic Explorer plied her way south across the Drake Passage today, nudged along by a light tailwind. We were privileged to witness three species of albatross: black-browed, grey-headed, and the superlative wandering albatross, sporting a 12-foot-wide wingspan. Between a variety of presentations on history and wildlife biology, we took time to marvel at the seabirds racing by from the aft deck. Tomorrow, we anticipate our first glimpse of land and ice in Antarctica, and the excitement is palpable!

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Conor Ryan

Naturalist

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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