Living World

Scrutiny of the Bounties

No leaf or twig greens the harsh surface of the islets that these birds call home. The only abundance here is rock, seabird, ocean and sky. Fur seals once numbered in the tens of thousands, but were almost exterminated by sealers nearly 200 years ago, and have not yet fully recovered. Now DOC extends high protection to these bleak islands and their untamed inhabitants, allowing perhaps one or two landings a decade.


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