Devils Tower (Tasmania)

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Devils Tower comprises two small and rugged granite islands, with a combined area of 4.77 hectares (11.8 acres), in south-eastern Australia. It is part of Tasmania’s Curtis Group, lying in northern Bass Strait between the Furneaux Group and Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. It is a nature reserve.

The island was sighted and named by Lieutenant James Grant on 9 December 1800 from the survey brig HMS Lady Nelson.[1]

Fauna[edit]

Recorded breeding seabird species include short-tailed shearwater, fairy prion and common diving-petrel. The metallic skink is present. The island is also used as a regular haul-out site for Australian fur seals.[2]

See also[edit]

The other islands in the Curtis Group:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grant, James (1803). The narrative of a voyage of discovery, performed in His Majesty's vessel the Lady Nelson, of sixty tons burthen: with sliding keels, in the years 1800, 1801, and 1802, to New South Wales. Printed by C. Roworth for T. Egerton. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7243-0036-5. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X

Coordinates: 39°22′S 146°44′E / 39.367°S 146.733°E / -39.367; 146.733