23rd November, 2015
Well, here we are once again bobbing around the Southern Ocean. We’re on board the Hans Hansson in South Georgia, with Tom Murphy and 10 guests from Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris. All made possible by the legendary team of Dion, Juliette and Leif. Caitlin is with me as we return to last year’s sites to see how the cameras have performed.
With a lot of time on South Georgia, we have managed to return to all of the sites we got to last year. We’re getting some phenomenal imagery back from the cameras, which look like really good data. In particular, the new seal cameras have been a great success, we can now follow the reproductive success of elephant seals and fur seals.
Here’s a snippet from Ocean Harbour, which is a foraging camera. It takes photos every minute when penguins are raising chicks. That allows us to work out the length of foraging trips and potentially the feeding rate of chicks. You can see a changeover of partners start to happen in this clip.
Next up, Caitlin will join the Ocean Endeavour with Quark, to be joined by Anni Djurhuis and Hila Levy. I stay on board the Hans Hansson joining a team attempting the first survey of the Danger Islands.