Today we got to visit two of the Auckland Islands, Enderby and Auckland. There is a stark contrast between the two. On Enderby, there are no predators to interfere with the native vegetation and wildlife. There we observed one of the rarest penguins on the planet, the yellow-eyed penguin, and one of the rarest sea lions as well, the New Zealand sea lion. On Auckland Island, it is quite a different story. The island was the site of a short-lived agricultural and whaling settlement known as Hardwicke in the 1800s. The island had numerous introduced species. As staff approached the shore to prepare for the arrival of guests today, a sow and her three young piglets were rooting around on the beach. Both islands have much to offer in terms of the cultural aspects at Hardwicke and the wildlife viewing potential on Enderby Island.
- Daily Expedition Reports
- 25 Jan 2023
Auckland Islands, 1/25/2023, National Geographic Orion
- Aboard the National Geographic Orion
- Australia and New Zealand
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