South Georgia

 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia and a chain of smaller islands, known as the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia is 104 miles long and from 0.9 to 23 miles wide and is by far the largest island in the territory.

Despite its inhospitability to human habitation it has an amazing abundance and diversity of life. This is because of its location in the path of the Antarctic current large amounts of krill are found in the waters around South Georgia. Krill is a fundamental food source in the Antarctic regions as a great many animals feed on it, such as baleen whales, penguins, some seals plus fish and other sea creatures.

A great number and variety of seabirds live and breed on South Georgia and its surrounding islands. As well as endemic species such as the South Georgia Shag, South Georgia Pipit, and the South Georgia Pintail, there are colonies of King Penguins and nesting Wandering Albatross plus petrels, prions, shags, skuas, gulls and terns.

Cooper Bay – this is a small bay on the south-western tip of the South Georgian mainland, home to Macaroni Penguins, Fur Seals and Elephant Seals.

Drygalski Fjord – also on the south-western tip of the island, the fjord has seven glaciers flowing into it in addition to some unique geology.

Grytviken Whaling Station – located in King Edward Cove there is an abandoned whaling station as well as King Penguins, Fur Seals and Elephant Seals.

Salisbury Plain – located in the Bay of Isles, this is home to a huge colony of King Penguins as well as Fur Seals and Brown Skuas.