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Danco Island: Errera Channel And Playful Gentoo Penguins

By: Capturing Travel

Destination: ANTARCTICA

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 Danco Island has quite the history behind it. But what makes this small island a real charmer is its appeal to both penguin admirers and travel photography enthusiasts. You’ll find plenty of playful Gentoo penguins calling this rocky paradise their home as well as jaw-dropping landscapes inside the Errera Channel: snow-capped peaks, snaking glaciers, and colossal icebergs in the backdrop.

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Landing on Danco Island

Danco Island’s landing site is amongst Antarctica’s best-sheltered locations. Zodiac boats typically take the adventurers to the western end of the north shore, close to the site where the British once had their base.  This snow-free zone is home to a lively Gentoo penguin colony, making it a must-visit.

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Danco Island’s history dates back to its discovery during the Belgian Antarctic Expedition led by the fearless explorer Adrien de Gerlache in 1897-1899. This expedition marked the island’s first documented appearance on the world stage.                              and then....

Short History

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Our Visit To Danco Island

What We Did: Unfortunately, we weren't able to land on Danco Island, and instead, we took an Errera Channel & Danco Island tour on a Zodiac boat. Notable Things We Saw: – Observed Gentoo penguin colonies from the Zodiac boats. – Saw some of the biggest icebergs on the whole trip. – Spotted a humpback whale showing off his fluke.

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Weddell seals and Crabeater seals (and sometimes Antarctic Fur Seals). Minke whales and humpback whales surfacing the waters. – Approximately 2,000 Pairs of Gentoo penguins nest along the rocky shore. – Lots of seabirds soar overhead.


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