Albatross Island (South Georgia)

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Albatross Island (54°1′S 37°20′W / 54.017°S 37.333°W / -54.017; -37.333Coordinates: 54°1′S 37°20′W / 54.017°S 37.333°W / -54.017; -37.333) is an island 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Cape Buller, lying in the Bay of Isles, South Georgia. Charted in 1912–13 by Robert Cushman Murphy, American naturalist aboard the brig Daisy, who gave this name because he observed albatrosses there.[1]

The island is rat-free and there is a breeding population of South Georgia pipits here, along with wandering albatrosses and giant petrels.

The island has been designated by the South Georgia Government as a Specially Protected Area, and has been closed to visitors since 2004, to protect vulnerable habitat from trampling.

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  1. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Albatross Island" (content from the Geographic Names Information System).