Sea lions, old wood whale oil casks, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica.
Sea lions rest on black volcanic sand on Deception Island near old wood whale oil casks dating back to a shore-based whaling factory 1910-1931. In the South Shetland Islands near the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island has one of the safest harbors in Antarctica. Deception Island is the caldera of an active volcano, which caused serious damage to local scientific stations in 1967 and 1969. The island is now a tourist destination and scientific outpost, with research bases run by Argentina and Spain. The island is administered under the Antarctic Treaty System. The sea surrounding Deception Island is closed by ice from early April to early December.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download