Macquarie Island looking towards the narrow isthmus where the Australian Base is situated. Southern Ocean, Australia. Macquarie Island only has five sunny days per year. The three plants which grow here are in this picture, a mega herb, Macquarie Island Cabbage and Tussock Grass.
On 3 December, 1997 Macquarie Island was listed as a World Heritage Area, the second Tasmanian World Heritage Area. Macquarie Island is a site of outstanding geological and natural significance on a world scale.
The island is one of only a very few in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean where fauna in the region can breed. Around 3.5 million seabirds and 80,000 elephant seals arrive on Macquarie Island each year to breed and moult. Fur seals are beginning to re-establish populations on the island after nearly being exterminated in the early 19th century.
Canon EOS, zoom lens.
(Featured in The World as we See it, or as we Missed it.)