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King Penguins of South Georgia

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King Penguins, South Georgia Island


Photograph by Coco Pascal

    

Four king penguins seem to be having a singing contest while standing on a hill as the sun rises of South Georgia Island. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is a British overseas territory found in the southern Atlantic. South Georgia is 167.4km in length and supports a large population of sea birds including king penguins like those pictured here, several other penguin species, albatross, gulls, terns, petrels, and many more. 

A major center for Norway’s whaling industry in the 19th century, South Georgia is a beautiful yet rugged landscape of mountains and glaciers and a dangerous coastline swept by frequent storms. A brief summer brings abundant Antarctic wildlife to the island, which in turn has led to an increase in tourism with cruise ships and private yachts visiting the area more frequently.

 

 

 

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