Macquarie Island wildlife

An elephant seal climbs over a inflatable boat, its nose up close to the camera
Elephant seals like boating too (Photo: Kerry Steinberner)
A gentoo penguin looking down with sun behindA group of penguins walk across the pebbled beach, stretching their yellow necks.An elephant seal on the pebbled beach opens its mouth wide to the camera.

Macquarie Island is a wildlife paradise!

At different times of the year, the coastal margins teem with vast congregations of wildlife. Numerous species of seabirds and up to 100,000 seals and 4 million penguins are regular visitors to this tiny subantarctic island.

Situated close to the Antarctic Convergence, where the nutrient rich waters of the Southern Ocean meet warmer waters, rich feeding grounds make the island an ideal haven for penguins, seals and seabirds to take refuge and breed:

For information on the breeding cycles of the animals and birds on Macquarie Island, take a look at the Island Year [PDF], a condensed wildlife calendar.