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

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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