South Georgia Island

South Georgia Island, first explored by Captain Cook in 1775, has had a long history.  It quickly became an important harvesting ground for sealers and in the early 1900's for the whaling industry. By 1950 the whales and seals were on the brink of extinction and all whaling and sealing activities stopped. 

In recent years wildlife conservation has become the focal point of the South Georgia government.  As a result the wildlife is again flourishing with king Penguin Colonies as large as 200,000 pairs.  The Antarctic Fur seal once close to extinction now exist in number of about 3 million.  

There are 4 species of Albatross that nest on South Georgia.  Unfortunately their populations are not doing so well.  It is believed that this is primarily a result of accidental deaths due to fishing activities in the area and predation due to rats on South Georgia.  New fisheries rules have been introduced to try and reduce albatross mortality and rats have been removed from South Georgia.  The hope is that the Albatross and other seabird colonies will now also start to  recover. 

The initial set of pictures from South Georgia are posted below.  These will be refined as the antarctic collection as a whole is organized to avoid duplication.

First View of South Georgia Island
Sunrise over Larsen Point
Salisbury Plain, South Georgia
St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia
Stromness Bay and Whaling Station
Grytviken, South Georgia
Grytviken Church
Petrel Whaling Ship at Grytviken
Dias and Albatros
Karrakatta at Husvik
Occupation at Stromness
Antarctic Fur Seals
Elephant Seal Pup at Grytviken
Weaners
Weaners
Weaners
Play Fighting
Sparring
Sparring
Sparring Scars
Charging Bull
Aggressive Bull
Elephant Seal Mating
Elephant Seal Mating
Out of Contention
Out of Contention
Out of Contention
Antarctic Fur Seal Terratory
Antarctic Fur Seals
Antarctic Fur Seals
Antarctic Fur Seal Family
Antarctic Fur Seals
Blue-eyed Shags
Blue-eyed Shags
King Penguins
King Penguins
King Penguins
King Penguins
King Penguins
King Penguins
King Penguins
King Penguins
King Penguins and Gentoo Penguins
King Penguin Contempating
Macaroni Penguins
Macaroni Penguins
Macaroni Penguins
Antarctic Terns
Antarctic Terns
Antarctic Terns
Antarctic Terns
Antarctic Terns
Antarctic Terns
Antarctic Terns
Antarctic Terns and Skuas
Skua
Skua
Skua
Skua
Giant Petrel
Giant Petrel
Giant Petrel
Giant Petrel
Giant Petrel
Healthy Colonies
Grey-headed Albatross
Grey-headed Albatross
Grey-headed Albatross
Sooty Albatross
Black-browed Albatross
Black-browed Albatross