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The Curious Kings

St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Google Maps Location photo was taken from: 54°26'8.681" S 36°11'16.631" W

When you could find open space on the beachhead at St. Andrews Bay, not clogged up with elephant seals, you were greeted by gaggles of King Penguins like these, waddling along. Groups of ten to twenty would walk right up to you, look at you and then move on after realizing you aren’t a penguin. The largest colony of Kings in all of South Georgia at 300,000, for this 2 mile stretch of beach, they dotted the whole shoreline and then some. Go further inland and you are greeted by the bulk of the colony. Luckily we were there in November when it wasn’t the “hot” summer months. According to our expedition leaders, the smell of the penguin guano can get quite rank.