Macquarie Island / Tasmania
The Macquarie Island is an island in the Pacific Ocean in the Australian state of Tasmania. It was named after Lachlan Macquarie, who was from 1810 to 1821 governor of the federal state of New South Wales and who is also considered one of the founders of Australia. Due to its geological significance, the island which is almost the only place in the world where the oceanic crust was lifted above the water level is since 1997 part of the world nature heritage.
The entire island is covered with a network of small lakes, streams and wetlands. The diversity of seabirds is unique. In the summer months three different penguin species breed along the coast: royal, gentoo and hood penguins. In addition there are countless albatrosses, petrels, skuas, gulls and ducks. In the fall you encounter elephant seals, the largest of all species of seals, one the Macquarie Island. An adult animal is up to five meters long and weighs several tons.