Eleanor Yeld Hutchings is a South African marine biologist best known as one of the three expert presenters of the nature travel series Shoreline.
Eleanor currently works for WWF-SA, in their Marine Programme, managing The People's Coast Programme. She completed a PhD at the Marine Biology Research Centre, University of Cape Town.
Her research was on the parasites of a number of endemic South African shark species with focuses on the discovery and description of several species new to science, the ecology of parasite communities with potential for application in fisheries stock assessment, and the transmission of blood parasites.
Eleanor has managed a specialist marine biology tour company, holds a tourist guide certificate for marine and coastal tourism, and has taken guided tours of the marine environment.
She is a qualified SCUBA diver, both commercial and PADI Rescue level, a dive/boat skipper, and is kept level-headed by triathlon-training and trail-running in the Table Mountain National Park.
She lives with her husband and their son in the seaside village of Kommetjie.