CT scientists study climate change and sea mammals

The E3C project aims to track the effects of climate change on whales and dolphins.

A killer whale. Picture: Dave Hurwitz/Simon's Town Boat Company.

CAPE TOWN - A group of scientists are calling on members of the public to help them with their study on climate change and sea mammals.

The E3C project aims to track the effects of climate change on whales and dolphins.

In the past few months since the project has started, the team based in Muizenberg hasnoticed a gradual migration of the animals.

Head researcher Dr Simon Elwen says the team is only working in the Western Cape at the moment as it is a model environment to track the species.

"Any effects that we might detect from climate change impact and changes in water temperature are likely to be much stronger at the edge of a species range and in the middle of a species range."

Elwen says they need the assistance of the public to help them.

"We are taking a multiple approach to try and collect this data and the key element is to take advantage of all the people in Cape Town and get people to report sightings us to increase the number of data points we have to work with."