Punta Tombo

Penguins at Punta Tombo, Chubut.
A pair of Magellanic penguins protecting their nesting burrow
Guanaco with penguins

Punta Tombo is a peninsula into the Atlantic Ocean 110 km (68 mi) south of Trelew in Chubut Province, Argentina, where there is a large colony of Magellanic penguins - the largest such colony in Argentina. It is a short distance north of Camarones.

Natural reserve

The 2.1 km2 (0.8 sq mi) Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve has been protected since 1979, according to a provincial decree, and it is one of the main tourist attractions in Chubut. Punta Tombo is part of the new marine national park at Golfo San Jorge.

The 3 km (1.9 mi) long, 600 m (1,969 ft) wide peninsula is covered with sand, clay and gravel.

A variety of wildlife can be seen in the area, including a colony of Magellanic penguins, other seabirds (mainly gulls and cormorants), rheas and guanacos.

In the 19th Century, British mariners knew Punta Tombo as "Tombas".

Magellanic penguin colony

The Magellanic penguin colony at Punta Tombo is exposed to overfishing of prey species and oil spills, many of which go unreported. One such spill in August of 1991 claimed the lives of at least 16,000 Magellanic penguins, some of which made landfall at Punta Tombo in an oiled condition. The spill coincided with the population's breeding migration. More penguins were expected to have died at sea. The colony's population exceeded 1,000,000 birds in 1982. Between 1994 and 1995, the colony's population dropped 37%. In 1999, the colony was an estimated 400,000 birds.

In 2017, over a million birds were present at the colony.

See also

Citations and references

  1. ^ Clayton (2014), Glossary of place names
  2. ^ "Penguin plunge at Punta Tombo, Argentina (1995)". Edmonton Journal. 1995-11-19. p. 41. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  3. ^ "In Argentina's Patagonia region, man and nature threaten fragile coastline (1991)". The Miami Herald. 1991-12-12. p. 654. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  4. ^ "Scientists flock to rugged Patagonia to study in a biologists' paradise (Argentina, 1982)". The Courier-Journal. 1982-01-04. p. 5. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  5. ^ "Penguin plunge at Punta Tombo, Argentina (1995)". Edmonton Journal. 1995-11-19. p. 41. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  6. ^ "Magellanic penguin population decreases (Argentina, 2008)". The Miami Herald. 2008-07-26. p. 26. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  7. ^ "Magellanic penguins drawn to Punta Tombo (Argentina, 2017)". Longview Daily News. 2017-02-18. pp. A2. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  • Clayton, Jane M. (2014) Ships employed in the South Sea Whale Fishery from Britain: 1775-1815: An alphabetical list of ships. (Berforts Group). ISBN 978-1908616524

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Coordinates: 44°02.4′S 65°12′W / 44.0400°S 65.200°W / -44.0400; -65.200

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