Macquarie Island wildlife
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:
- Elephant seals
- Hooker’s sea lion
- Fur seals
- King penguins
- Royal penguins
- Gentoo penguins
- Southern rockhopper penguins
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.