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April 25th was World Penguin Day, and of course our favourite Antarctic locals have places named after them across the continent. Penguin Island, off King George Island, was first charted by Bransfield in January 1820 and was named after the “numerous penguins which disputed the landing party” (Bone, 1821 describing the expedition).

Penguin Bight and Penguin Point, Seymour Island was named after the penguin colonies first observed there by Larsen 1843, and named Pinguinbucht and Pinguinenkap respectively.

Penguin Point, Coronation Island, was charted by Powell in December 1821, and named for the penguin colonies found there. Nearby, Penguin Highway on Signy Island was surveyed by FIDS in 1947-50 and named for the demarcation line between colonies of penguins and areas inhabited by fur seals.

Finally, Emperor Island, off Adelaide Island, is named descriptively after the Emperor Penguin colony that was found by FIDS in 1948.

Map showing place names related to penguins across the Territory