|NRF-SANAP Funded Project Name||Marion Island Marine Mammals in Changing Environments: Individual Heterogeneity and Population Processes|
|Principal Investigator||Prof Nico de Bruyn|
|Affiliation||Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria|
|Takeover Sealer||Yinhla Shihlomule|
|M79 Sealer||Michael Ross|
|M79 Sealer||Banele Dosi|
|M79 Killer whaler||Monica Leitner|
|M80 Sealer||Zafar Monier|
|M80 Sealer||Dylan Seaton|
|M80 Killer whaler||Tammy Eggeling|
What are your plans for this takeover?
Into our 41st uninterrupted year of continuous monitoring! Takeover is mostly dedicated to training the new overwintering personnel, because most of the action (from a seal perspective) on the island take place outside takeover timeframes. Many long-term questions, aimed at understanding the ecology of the various species populations and their interactions with a changing environment, are pursued.
What are the main interest of the MIMMP in the sub-Antarctic region?
We are interested in how seal and killer whale populations change as the environment changes.
In more detail:
MIMMP does long-term ecological monitoring and research of four marine mammal species (Southern elephant seals, Antarctic – and Subantarctic fur seals, and Killer whales) at Marion Island. Focused primarily on population and foraging ecology, interactions between species and with their changing environments.
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Featured image: The MIMMP takeover 2023 team. L-R: Dylan Seaton (M80 Sealer), Zafar Monier (M80 Sealer), Prof Nico de Bruyn (PI) and Tammy Eggeling (M80 Killer whaler). Photo taken in Cape Town, on board the S.A Agulhas II, before departure.
Anche Louw, South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI DPS Node), 02 May 2023