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GEOLOCATION

Journeys

SUPPORTING ANTARCTIC AND SOUTHERN OCEAN RESEARCH

The Project

Geolocation Journeys repurposes ‘retired’ geolocators used to track the migrations of Southern Ocean marine predators such as albatrosses, seals, and penguins and crafts them into unique wearable artworks. These novel pieces each come with their own individual history and both inspire dialogue surrounding Antarctic conservation and provide an opportunity to fund further scientific discoveries.  A minimum donation of AUD$150 will ensure you receive a Geolocation Journeys creation and enable the purchase of a new geolocator to be deployed on a Southern Ocean species.

Antarctic Fur Seal

(Arctocephalus gazella)

Brooch

Southern Elephant Seal

(Mirounga leonina)

Brooch

Short-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna tenuirostris)

Brooch

Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)

Brooch

RESEARCH

For many years researchers at the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) have been tracking Antarctic and Southern Ocean top predators, from delicate Short-tailed Shearwaters to imposing Southern Elephant Seals, using light-level geolocators. 


 

Once the geolocators are retrieved, the tracking data they contain is analysed by scientists to identify areas of high ecological importance in the Southern Ocean and are a priority for protection.


 

Scientists then contribute their results to international organisations that support the conservation of Antarctic marine species such as the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatross and Petrels, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and Birdlife International.