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South Georgia Island by Linda

Photo Expedition to South Georgia Island.

From the Falkland Islands we traveled another 700 miles south east to the Antarctic waters of South Georgia Island with its enormous concentrations of wildlife. As we cruised to South Georgia the winds accelerated to 60 mph and the swells grew to 25 feet, it was quite a ride. South Georgia is about 120 miles long with the topography of the Himalayas with the tallest peak reaching 9,000 feet. Some describe it as Switzerland floating on an island. South Georgia is 1000 miles from South America and is largely uninhabited except for a few people and two research stations. We will be the first visitors of the season. The island gets precipitation 360 days a year and the weather is very variable and extreme. It is common to experience winds up to 120 knots. Beyond the stunning landscapes and icebergs the most outstanding feature of South Georgia is the abundance of wildlife. King Penguin colonies with 100,000 pairs of birds, miles of beaches literally covered with thousands of Elephant Seals, Blue Eyed Shag colonies, nesting Wandering Albatross with their 12 foot wing spans, Gentoo and Rock Hopper Penguins and the relics of old whaling stations from the early 1900s. This is an amazing place like no other on earth.

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