15 Oct 2017 – Southern Elephant Seal Birthday on Marion Island

Today, 15 October 2017, marks yet another birthday for the Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) on sub-Antarctic Marion Island. Every year on this day, the sealers (working for the Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme, otherwise known as the MIMMP) have one mission: to circumnavigate the entire island in one day to count every single elephant seal hauled out on every single beach!