Sealion Island - Research

The Elephant Seals of Sea Lion Island 

Since 1995, a team of Italian researchers have been conducting a long-term study of the southern elephant seals of Sea Lion Island. The project focuses on the behaviour, ecology and genetics of the seals with the hope of tracking individuals throughout their lives. Sea Lion Island is the ideal place to carry out a study of this kind because it is home to a small and localised population of elephant seals, where it is possible to mark and recognise almost all breeding individuals. 

 For more information on the research project go to Dr's Filippo Galimberti & Simona Sanvito Elephant Seal Research Group - www.eleseal.org

The Flora and Fauna of Sea Lion Island

The native flora of Sea Lion Island has been closely studied and some of the species found are endemic to the Falkland Islands. Species of particular note include: Viola magellanica which has been found nowhere else in the archipelago. The scarce freshwater reed Schoenoplectus californicus is found in Long Pond and is important for Silvery Grebe. Rumex magellanicus a scarce native recently rediscovered in the Falklands and which had not been recorded since 1856. Large stands of Poa flabellata which forms a nationally important habitat (Tussac) of high wildlife value.

Sea Lion Lodge accommodates up to 20 persons and group discounts are available. Prices are per person and include full board at the lodge.

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Walking on Sea Lion Island is easy going and guests can find all manner of whale and seal bones on the beaches, as well as debris from shipwrecks.

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Sea Lion Lodge strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible given its remote position, through the use of solar panels and wind turbines.

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Sea Lion Island abounds with wildlife. Visitors to the island will encounter a wide range of species all within easy reach from the Lodge.

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