Meet the 78th Marion Island Overwintering Team

Meet the 78th Marion Island Overwintering Team

Marion78 Team LogoThe 78th Marion Island overwintering team has gone through some ups and downs. After two weeks of isolation and multiple Covid-19 tests, the team left Cape Town on 9 April at 19:34 onboard the SA Agulhas II with Captain Gavin Syndercombe. The team arrived at Marion Island on 13 April 2021. The Marion 78 team leader is Bubele Nongwejana (see below). He is also the Medical Orderly, taking over from Winnie Moodaley – current team leader and Medical Orderly of Marion 77.

Three members of the 77th Marion overwintering team will be staying behind, forming part of Marion 78 (see last row above): Thando Cebekhulu, Yinhla Shihlomule and Frikkie van der Vyver. These members only joined Marion 77 in September 2020, due to Covid-19 restrictions (see post of Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme below).

Chief Scientist of this take-over is Prof Werner Nel (University of Fort Hare).

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Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 14 April 2021

Marion Island Newsletter March 2021 – Now Available

Marion Island Newsletter March 2021 – Now Available

In this edition:

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  • Letter from Team Leader/Medic – Winnie Moodaley
  • Field Notes with Birder Thando Cebekhulu
  • Round Island Adventures – Check out the images and experience the magical scenery with M77
  • Understanding Weather with the M77 Senior Meteorological Technician Nkoane Mathabatha  
  • Analysing Scats with sealer Yinhla Shihlomule (perhaps not for the sensitive viewer)
  • Weather According to Metkassies for January and February 2021
  • Katie (part of the Plimsoll Film Crew) spends time in science
  • Field Notes with Marine Apex Predator Research Unit (MAPRU) Birder Dani Keys
  • Get an update from the weaner of the team (newbie – also the term used for newcomers to the island) – Leandri de Kock

For all this and more make sure to check out this edition of The Wanderer by the 77th Marion Island Overwintering Team.

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Marion Island March Newsletter

Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 07 April 2021

Marion Island Newsletter December 2020 – Now Available

Marion Island Newsletter December 2020 – Now Available

In this edition:

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  • Meet the small team of 8 members – they were the ‘original’ M77
  • Thereafter field assistants and a film crew were able to join the team – meet the complete 77th Marion Island Overwintering Team and some members of the film crew
  • Want to know how the weather treated the islanders the past few months?
  • See some photos of the adventure from Cape Town to Marion Island – second part of the M77 team onboard the Pelagic Australis yacht
  • Read some birding and sealing fieldwork stories

For all this and more make sure to check out this 1st edition of The Wanderer by the 77th Marion Island Overwintering Team.

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Gough Island Newsletter November 2020 – Now Available

Gough Island Newsletter November 2020 – Now Available

In this edition:

Gough Island Newsletters

  • Letter from the team leader
  • Meet the team
  • Read about the rescued crew from the MV Geo Searcher that sank just off Gough Island
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Take-over 2020
  • Meteorological operations
  • and more…

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Gough Island Newsletter Issue 3 – Now available

Gough Island Newsletter Issue 3 – Now available

In this edition:

Gough65 Newsletter - Issue 3

Gough65 Newsletter – Issue 3

  • So what does a Meteorological Technician do?
  • So close, yet so far…
  • Living on a tiny rock in the South Atlantic during a global pandemic

  • Going on an adventure — part II
  • Life as a Communication and Electronics Engineer at Gough Base
  • Gough Island Pool Tournament
  • A brief history of Gough Island
  • Cooking life on Gough
  • From the Metkassies

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Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 07 May 2020.

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