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To reach this secret haven, however, vessels must navigate a tricky 230m-wide break in the volcano’s walls, known since early-19th-century sealing days as Neptunes Bellows for the strong winds that blow through the strait. A British visitor to Deception in the 1920s called the Bellows ‘a veritable death-trap to the uninitiated,’ thanks to hull-piercing Ravn Rock (named by Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1908 for the whale-catcher Ravn), which lies just 2.5m beneath the surface in the center of the narrow channel. The ‘deceptive’ entrance to the island has been known since the early 19th century, when it was called Hell’s Gates or Dragon’s Mouth.


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