FS POLARSTERN - ANT XXI/4
CETACEANS AND SEA ICE - Lazarev Sea 2004
Shannon McKay and Kelly Asmus, both from the Whale Ecology Group Southern Ocean at
Departing from Cape Town, South
Africa on the 27th of March 2004, they are currently southbound
towards the German base, Neumayer, in the Lazarev Sea, part of the greater Weddell Sea gyre system.
The main research focus this season is on the biology (over-wintering) of
Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba)
Shannon and Kelly will be actively searching for whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds in all suitable weather conditions as well as obtaining sea ice concentration data, essential for determining what effects the patterns in concentration have on the distribution and densities of cetaceans in Antarctic waters.
Submitted by Shannon McKay