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    Saint Paul Island

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Sep 4, 2014

    Saint Paul consists in a volcanic cone with a caldera, has a surface of 7 square kilometers and is located at 54 kilometers from Amsterdam Island. We stopped for a few hours to replace the food and medicines in a wooden refuge, as the maritime laws stipulate, just in case some sailing boat in trouble could need of help or shelter. In Saint Paul, apart from seals, there are thousands of Rockhoppers penguins. They are called thus because they jump until the top of the hills, and are also known as crested penguins, or macaroni, for the brightly colored feathers on their heads. At one time Rockhoppers and other penguins were hunted for their oil, but today are protected. They have a stature of about 60 centimeters and a weight of 4 kilos, while in Crozet and Kerguelen live the Royal penguin, with a size of 90 centimeters and a weight of 13 kilos. In the Antarctic continent lives the Emperor, the tallest of the 17 kind of penguins in the Antarctica, reaching a height of 120 centimeters.

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