the Needles Islands
Deception Island
Deception Island is the caldera of
an active volcano. It has been in use  as a whaling station until the 1930's. The last major eruption was in 1969, burying among others the local cemetery.
 
Presently several countries run a research stations here. Small ships can sail into Port Foster through the narrow and dangerous Neptune's Bellows.
 
Tourists can visit the remains of the old buildings and take a refreshing dip in one of the hotsprings.
The island has several large colonies of chinstrap penguins

On the cloudy morning of February 28 2008 we cruised counterclockwise past Deception Island.
We kept at a proper distance to avoid any rocks below the waterline.
Unfortunately this kept us a bit too far out to get good pictures of the penguins.
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Deception Island. The penguins are on the long straight beach and up Mount Pont
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in the morning we get a first good sight of Deception Island
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Entrance Point to Fort Foster. Note the masts behind Penfold Point
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a view into Fort Foster Bay
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behind Baily Head we see the first penguins, on the beach but also high up on Mount Pont (upper left)
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a blurry close-up of the penguins on the beach, note the sea elephants in the back
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the brown blobs are the penguin colonies
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