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South Georgia - the Jewel of the South Atlantic

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South Georgia is the largest of a group of isolated islands known as the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and is situated in the South Atlantic Ocean.

South Georgia island is small - only 165 kilometres long and no more than 22 kilometres wide, but it is covered with mountainous terrain and numerous glaciers and teems with wildlife, both on and off shore.

Previously (and thankfully no longer) home to a whaling community, there remain several abandoned and rusting processing plants and buildings, Today however South Georgia has only a few human non-permanent residents and it is probably this and the island's sheer remoteness that makes it such a special haven and breeding ground for an abundance of penguins, seals and sea birds.

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  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) courting , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) courting , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
  • Group of King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) emerging from the ocean , South Georgia
    Group of King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) emerging from the ocean , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) colony at St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) colony at St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Three King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) strolling the beach , South Georgia
    Three King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) strolling the beach , South Georgia
  • King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , South Georgia
    King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , South Georgia
  • King Penguin Chick ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    King Penguin Chick ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) , South Georgia
    Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) , South Georgia
  • Female Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
    Female Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
  • Gentoo Penguin ( pygoscelis papua ) , South Georgia
    Gentoo Penguin ( pygoscelis papua ) , South Georgia
  • Two Southern Elephant Seals ( mirounga leonina ) play sparring , South Georgia
    Two Southern Elephant Seals ( mirounga leonina ) play sparring , South Georgia
  • Brown Subantarctic Skua ( stercoraius antarcticus lonnbergi ) , South Georgia
    Brown Subantarctic Skua ( stercoraius antarcticus lonnbergi ) , South Georgia
  • Whalers Graveyard , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Whalers Graveyard , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) and King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) on Kelp , Cooper Island , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) and King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) on Kelp , Cooper Island , South Georgia
  • King Penguin Colony ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) at St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguin Colony ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) at St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Female Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
    Female Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
  • Two King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
    Two King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) going out to Sea , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) going out to Sea , South Georgia
  • Two Macaroni Penguins ( eudyptes chrysolophus ) , Coopers Bay , South Georgia
    Two Macaroni Penguins ( eudyptes chrysolophus ) , Coopers Bay , South Georgia
  • Courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
    Courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
  • Courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
    Courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
  • Courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
    Courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
  • Juvenile Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
    Juvenile Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
  • Wandering Albatross ( diomedea exulans exulans ) on Nest , Prion Island , South Georgia
    Wandering Albatross ( diomedea exulans exulans ) on Nest , Prion Island , South Georgia
  • Female Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
    Female Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
  • Two Antarctic Fur Seal Pups ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
    Two Antarctic Fur Seal Pups ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
  • King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
    King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
  • King Penguin Rookery ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    King Penguin Rookery ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • Chinstrap Penguin ( pygoscelis antarcticus ) , South Georgia
    Chinstrap Penguin ( pygoscelis antarcticus ) , South Georgia
  • Wandering Albatross ( diomedea exulans exulans ) on Nest , Prion Island , South Georgia
    Wandering Albatross ( diomedea exulans exulans ) on Nest , Prion Island , South Georgia
  • MS Expedition Ship and Antarctic Fur Seals ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    MS Expedition Ship and Antarctic Fur Seals ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • King Penguin fledgling ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    King Penguin fledgling ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • King Penguin fledgling ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguin fledgling ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Southern Elephant Seals ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
    Southern Elephant Seals ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
  • Salvesen Mountains , South Georgia
    Salvesen Mountains , South Georgia
  • Pair of courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
    Pair of courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seals ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seals ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
  • Southern Elephant Seals ( mirounga leonina ) play sparring , South Georgia
    Southern Elephant Seals ( mirounga leonina ) play sparring , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
    Antarctic Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
  • Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
    Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , South Georgia
  • Chinstrap Penguin ( pygoscelis antarcticus ) , Cooper Bay , South Georgia
    Chinstrap Penguin ( pygoscelis antarcticus ) , Cooper Bay , South Georgia
  • Bull Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
    Bull Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , South Georgia
  • Snowy Sheathbill ( chionis alba ) , South Georgia
    Snowy Sheathbill ( chionis alba ) , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) incubating eggs , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) incubating eggs , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • One of the old Whaling Station buildings , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    One of the old Whaling Station buildings , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Altar in the Norwegian Church , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Altar in the Norwegian Church , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Pulpit in the Norwegian Church , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Pulpit in the Norwegian Church , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Museum at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Museum at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Remains of Ships and old Whaling Station , Godthul , South Georgia
    Remains of Ships and old Whaling Station , Godthul , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) on Beach at Godthul , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) on Beach at Godthul , South Georgia
  • King Penguin Chick ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
    King Penguin Chick ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
  • King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Grytviken , South Georgia
    King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Grytviken , South Georgia
  • Harbour Patrol Boats , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Harbour Patrol Boats , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Shipwreck of the Petrel , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Shipwreck of the Petrel , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • Antartic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) swimming , South Georgia
    Antartic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) swimming , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seals ( arctocephalus gazella ) sparring , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seals ( arctocephalus gazella ) sparring , South Georgia
  • Glaciers at Moltke , South Georgia
    Glaciers at Moltke , South Georgia
  • Moltke , South Georgia
    Moltke , South Georgia
  • Moltke , South Georgia
    Moltke , South Georgia
  • Moltke , South Georgia
    Moltke , South Georgia
  • Remains of old Whaling Station , Stromness , South Georgia
    Remains of old Whaling Station , Stromness , South Georgia
  • Pair of courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    Pair of courting King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Gentoo Penguins ( pygoscelis papua ) , South Georgia
    Gentoo Penguins ( pygoscelis papua ) , South Georgia
  • Macaroni Penguin ( eudyptes chrysolophus ) , South Georgia
    Macaroni Penguin ( eudyptes chrysolophus ) , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) standing and moulting , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) standing and moulting , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) at St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) at St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Macaroni Penguin ( eudyptes chrysolophus ) , Cooper Bay , South Georgia
    Macaroni Penguin ( eudyptes chrysolophus ) , Cooper Bay , South Georgia
  • Norwegian Church and remains of the Old Whaling Station , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Norwegian Church and remains of the Old Whaling Station , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • King Penguin fledgling ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    King Penguin fledgling ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Lenticular Cloud and Ocean , sailing into Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Lenticular Cloud and Ocean , sailing into Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Remains of Whaling Station at Godthul , South Georgia
    Remains of Whaling Station at Godthul , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seals ( arctocephalus gazella ) sparring in front of Shipwrecks at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seals ( arctocephalus gazella ) sparring in front of Shipwrecks at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Shipwrecks and Museum at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Shipwrecks and Museum at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • Shipwrecks at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Shipwrecks at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , Moltke , South Georgia
    Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , Moltke , South Georgia
  • Southern Elephant Seal swimming ( mirounga leonina ) , Godthul , South Georgia
    Southern Elephant Seal swimming ( mirounga leonina ) , Godthul , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Godthul , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Godthul , South Georgia
  • Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal Pups ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Godthul , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal Pups ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Godthul , South Georgia
  • Norwegian Church , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Norwegian Church , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Godthul with MS Expedition in the Background , South Georgia
    Godthul with MS Expedition in the Background , South Georgia
  • MS Expedition at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    MS Expedition at Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Kelp Gull ( larus dominicanus ) , Cooper Bay , South Georgia
    Kelp Gull ( larus dominicanus ) , Cooper Bay , South Georgia
  • Cooper Island , South Georgia
    Cooper Island , South Georgia
  • King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) emerging from ocean , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) emerging from ocean , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Juvenile King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    Juvenile King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Elephant Seals ( mirounga leonina ) on shore at Moltke , South Georgia
    Elephant Seals ( mirounga leonina ) on shore at Moltke , South Georgia
  • Godthul , South Georgia
    Godthul , South Georgia
  • Remains of Old Whaling Station , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Remains of Old Whaling Station , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , Godthul , South Georgia
    Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , Godthul , South Georgia
  • Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , Godthul , South Georgia
    Southern Elephant Seal ( mirounga leonina ) , Godthul , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) and King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal ( arctocephalus gazella ) and King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Juveile Brown Subantarctic Skua ( stercoraius antarcticus lonnbergi ) , St Amdrews Bay , South Georgia
    Juveile Brown Subantarctic Skua ( stercoraius antarcticus lonnbergi ) , St Amdrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Shipwrecks and Old Whaling Station Ruins , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
    Shipwrecks and Old Whaling Station Ruins , Grytviken Harbour , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Prion Island , South Georgia
    Prion Island , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) and King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    Southern Giant Petrel ( macronectes giganteus ) and King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Wandering Albatross ( omedea exulans exulans ) , Prion Island , South Georgia
    Wandering Albatross ( omedea exulans exulans ) , Prion Island , South Georgia
  • King Penguin closeup ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguin closeup ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal Pups ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Godthul , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal Pups ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Godthul , South Georgia
  • Wandering Albatrosses ( omedea exulans exulans ) on Nest , Prion Island , South Georgia
    Wandering Albatrosses ( omedea exulans exulans ) on Nest , Prion Island , South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal Pup ( arctocephalus gazella ) , Salisbury Plain , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting and Fur Seal Pup , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguins ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) moulting and Fur Seal Pup , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) pair bonding , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
    King Penguin ( aptenodytes patagonicus ) pair bonding , St Andrews Bay , South Georgia
  • King Penguin (aptenodytes patagonicus), St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
    King Penguin (aptenodytes patagonicus), St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
  • Pile of female Southern Elephant Seals (mirounga leonina), St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
    Pile of female Southern Elephant Seals (mirounga leonina), St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
  • Antarctic Fur Seal (arctocephalus gazetta), Godthul, South Georgia
    Antarctic Fur Seal (arctocephalus gazetta), Godthul, South Georgia
  • King Penguin (aptenodytes patagonicus) juvenile moulting, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
    King Penguin (aptenodytes patagonicus) juvenile moulting, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
  • Shackletons Grave in the Whalers Graveyard, Grytviken Harbour, South Georgia
    Shackletons Grave in the Whalers Graveyard, Grytviken Harbour, South Georgia
  • Family of Antarctic Fur Seals (arctocephalus gazella ), Grytviken Harbour, South Georgia
    Family of Antarctic Fur Seals (arctocephalus gazella ), Grytviken Harbour, South Georgia
  • South Georgia, Southern Ocean
    South Georgia, Southern Ocean
  • South Georgia, Southern Ocean
    South Georgia, Southern Ocean

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