Seal Bay, Falkland Islands

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Seal Bay is a bay, about 1 km across, on the rugged and exposed north coast of East Falkland in the Falkland Islands of the South Atlantic Ocean. It lies some 40 km north-west of Stanley.

Description[edit]

The valley behind the beach holds Swan Pond, a shallow wetland separated from the bay by a sandbar. The coastal vegetation consists of maritime heath and wet grassland overlying peat. Except on offshore stacks there is little remaining tussac.[1]

Important Bird Area[edit]

Seal Bay has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Birds for which the site is of conservation significance include Falkland Steamer Ducks, Ruddy-headed Geese, Gentoo Penguins (1500 breeding pairs), Southern Rockhopper Penguins (15,000 pairs), Magellanic Penguins, Sooty Shearwaters and White-bridled Finches. Imperial and Rock Shags are present.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Seal Bay, East Falkland". Important Bird Areas factsheet. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 

Coordinates: 51°23′00″S 58°00′01″W / 51.38333°S 58.00028°W / -51.38333; -58.00028