Pelsaert Island

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Pelsaert Island is one of the islands of the Pelsaert Group, which is the southernmost of the three groups of islands that make up the Houtman Abrolhos island chain in Western Australia.

Nominally located at 28°54′S 113°54′E / 28.900°S 113.900°E / -28.900; 113.900Coordinates: 28°54′S 113°54′E / 28.900°S 113.900°E / -28.900; 113.900,[1] it consists of a number of islands, the largest of which are Gun Island, Middle Island, and Pelsaert Island itself.

The group and island is named after a Dutch "opperkoopman" who stranded nearby with the VOC-ship "Batavia" in 1629.[2][3]

The island is a significant bird site.[4][5][6]

The island and group contains the most southerly true coral reefs in the Indian Ocean.[7]

The Ben Ledi, was wrecked off Pelsaert Island in 1879.

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  1. ^ "Pelsaert Group". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  2. ^ Drake-Brockman, H. (Henrietta); Pelsaert, Francisco, d. 1630; Drok, E. D. (Evert D.) (1995), Voyage to disaster : the life of Francisco Pelsaert (New ed.), University of Western Australia Press, ISBN 978-1-875560-32-5
  3. ^ FitzSimons, Peter (2012), Batavia, William Heinemann / Random House Australia, ISBN 978-1-86471-134-9
  4. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National (2008-06-05), Abrolhos birds, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, retrieved 17 January 2016
  5. ^ Surman, CA; Wooller, RD (1995), "The Breeding Biology of the Lesser Noddy on Pelsaert Island, Western Australia", Emu, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 95 (1): 47–53, doi:10.1071/mu9950047, ISSN 1448-5540
  6. ^ Fuller, P. J. (Phillip J.); Burbidge, A. A. (Andrew A.); Wells, A. G. (Albert George), 1917-; Western Australia. Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; Burbidge, Andrew A; Western Australia; Fuller, Phillip J (1981), The birds of Pelsart Island, Western Australia, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, ISBN 978-0-7244-8590-1
  7. ^ "Houtman Abrolhos". Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2007-10-13.