Welcome to Sea Lion Island
The Falklands’ southernmost inhabited island is little more than 1km across at its widest but has more wildlife in a smaller area than almost anywhere in the islands. It features all five species of Falklands penguins, enormous colonies of cormorants, giant petrels and the ‘Johnny Rook’ (more properly, the striated caracara Phalcoboenus australis), one of the world’s rarest birds of prey. Sea Lion Island is the most important breeding ground in the Falklands for southern elephant seals; every spring more than 500 females haul ashore to give birth. The sea lions that give the island its name are far less numerous, however: even at peak times there are fewer than 100 of them.
Sea Lion’s isolation, and the fact that it has no introduced rodents or cats, has undoubtedly contributed to the continuing abundance of wildlife.