Marion Island_The Wanderer_2023_spring edition

The 80th Marion Island overwintering team has published their first newsletter.

Content included in The Wanderer Spring Edition: 

  • Editor’s Note and Message from the Team Leader 

“Hello from the little swampy volcano in the Southern Indian Ocean we call home, or Marion Island. The year has kicked off and the overwinterers have settled into their routines, just in time for it all to change. The Spring Edition of The Wanderer marks the beginning of a massive influx of wildlife onto the island, eager to breed and moult on this isle of paradise. Follow on as the chaos descends for field researchers alike and the hustle continues at the Base at Cabbage Point” ‐ Zafar Monier.

  • Meet the team 
  • Marion’s Magnificent Birds

“Marion Island is home to 40% of the world’s Wandering Albatross population” Zafar Monier.

  • Sealer Stories 
  • Balloon Launching  

“M80 has the opportunity to conduct upper air ascends on our expedition twice a day, everyday of the year. Weather balloons are released simultaneously from different locations worldwide! On Marion Island we release the balloon at 12H00Z and 00H00Z (15H00 and 03H00 Marion local time)” – the 2023/2024 South African Weather Service Meteorological team members on Marion Island. 

  • Alien Invasive Species 


Click on the link below to download the first M80 newsletter. 

M80 Newsletter: The Wanderer Spring Edition


The 80th Marion Island overwintering team. This photo was taken before the last helicopter flight to the S.A. Agulhas II, at the end of the 2023 takeover. The ship departed from Marion Island to Cape Town late afternoon of 12 May 2023. Image: Michelle Risi.


Anche Louw, Co-Principal Investigator of Antarctic Legacy of South Africa and Digital Marketing and Communications Manager of the South African Polar Research Infrastructure, 05 October 2023. 

© South African National Antarctic Programme • Managed and administered by Antarctic Legacy of South Africa • Photo Credits
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