Cruise to Macquire Island, a Sub-Antarctic island of Australia
28 November 2007
Macquarie island, belonging to Australia and isolated from the rest of the world by thousands of kilometers of water in any direction, is the home for millions of penguins, including the endemic Royal penguin, as well elephant seals. The first landing is made at Sandy Bay.
The ship arrives near Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island, in the morning. Soon, a large group of King penguins come to investigate.
Far away from the coast, Macquarie island appears quite desolated, but the surprises will not wait to arrive.
Rabbits present on Macquarie island.
Very inquisitive cubs of elephant seals. It is enough to sit on the beach and soon one of them will come to investigate.
Me near an elephant seal pup. Courtesy of Sarah McElrea, Cruise Director.
On the left: four King penguins; on the right: a Royal penguin.
The typical vegetation of Macquarie island, made of large tussok grass.