TOPP stands for Tracking of Pacific Predators and is the parent organisation of the recent Great Turtle Race.  (Well done Billy for winning – Genevieve came seventh but did manage a massive 37 minute dive on the way).  They don’t only track turtles but sharks, seals and sea lions, whales and sea birds.  The tracking devices don’t affect them and are designed to fall off after about 18 months.  They are giving the scientists fantastic data on what these animals do and where they go.  They have a blogg detailing the work they are doing out in the field – or in most cases on the ice.  There is a team at the moment in the Antarctic tagging crabeater seals – no I hadn’t heard of them either.


I’ve just pinched this great photo from the blog – of moonrise in Antarctica.