Patagonia’s Coastal Haven

March 15, 2013

A pair of courting cormorants soak up the sun in a newly minted marine protected area in Argentina. These seabirds share the Isla Pingüino Coastal Marine Park with sea lions, penguins, and dolphins.

On the southern tip of Argentina, cormorants, penguins, and sea lions deserve a splashy celebration. The South American country’s government has announced the creation of two new marine protected areas—Isla Pingüino Coastal Marine Park and Makenke Coastal Marine Park. Combined, they span 1,250 square miles.

Both regions boast abundant natural wonders, as well as fabled histories. In 1833, Charles Darwin ventured to Isla Pingüino, and Ferdinand Magellan executed mutineers intent on aborting the world’s first circumnavigation of the globe on the San Julian inlet, which is bordered by the Makenke Costal Marine Park.

More important than these tales are the many species benefitting from Argentina’s brand new parks. Large populations of sea lions live along Pingüino’s coastline, which also shelters (and takes its name from) one of the only colonies of rockhopper penguins in Patagonia. In addition, one of the biggest colonies of imperial cormorants resides here. Further south, Makenke Park contains the country’s largest colony of rare red-legged cormorants, breeding colonies of the dolphin gull, and pods of the small, yet spectacular Commerson’s dolphin.

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