Penguins, South Georgia

This is an Antarctic island sanctuary lying about 2000km east of Tierra del Fuego in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is an island which is 170 km long (just over 100 miles long) The surrounding rocks and islets provide shelter for a range of wildlife, from birds to marine mammals, that inhabit this area. The water around the island are incredibly cold, with icebergs regularly seen in its waters.

The largest penguin colonies on earth are found here, with around 400,000 breeding pairs of King penguins, and over 2 million pairs of the smaller Macaroni penguins. Other smaller colonies of Gentoo (100,000 pairs) and chinstrap (6000 pairs) breed here in smaller numbers. Below is a documentary about the penguins on this island.

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