Islotes de Puñihuil Natural Monument
|Islotes de Puñihuil Natural Monument|
|Location||Los Lagos Region, Chile|
|Governing body||Corporación Nacional Forestal|
Islotes de Puñihuil Natural Monument is a Chilean Natural Monument located 28 km (17 mi) southwest of Ancud. It consists of three islets off the western coast of Chiloé Island to the west and north of Puñihuil.
The monument is notable for being the only known shared breeding site for Humboldt and Magellanic penguins. Also is reproduction area for other species, as are the red-legged cormorant and kelp gull. Other bird species residing in the area include kelp goose and Fuegian steamer duck. Marine otters find refuge in this protected area.
Following a 2007 study by the staff from Alfaguara project, which works on conserving blue whales and the marine environment in the area, ecotourism boat operators agreed to work together as an association. They would reduce the number of penguin-watching trips to the islands so as to maximize net income.
- Simeone, Alejandro; Roberto P. Schlatter (1998). "Threats to a Mixed-Species Colony of Spheniscus Penguins in Southern Chile". Colonial Waterbirds. 21 (3): 418–421. doi:10.2307/1521654. JSTOR 1521654.
- "Alfaguara project" (PDF). Rufford Small Grant s Foundation. January 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
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