Sea stack at Neptune's Bellow, Deception Island caldera, South Shetlands, Antarctica.
A sea stack of volcanic ash erodes from a cliff at Deception Island in the Southern Ocean (also called the Antarctic Ocean). Port Foster is one of the safest harbors in Antarctica, once you pass through narrow Neptune's Bellow (just 230 meters or 755 feet wide), sole entrance to the sea-filled caldera of Deception Island, in the South Shetland Islands near the Antarctic Peninsula. Deception Island is the caldera of an active volcano, which caused serious damage to local scientific stations in 1967 and 1969. The island previously held a whaling station and 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 surrounding Southern Ocean (Antarctic Ocean) is closed by ice from early April to early December. Whalers Bay is bordered by a large black-sand beach.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download