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38. Point Wild

 
   
 
38. Point Wild
 
61º06´00´´S, 54º52´00´´W
the North Coast of Elephant Island
 
Key Features
 
- Narrow rocky and gravel point
- Chinstrap penguin colony, mosses & lichens
- Site of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s shipwrecked Endurance expedition that camped on the point for four months until rescued in August 1916 by the Chilean Naval vessel Yelcho
- Location of HSM 53 Bust of Captain Luis Alberto Pardo, monolith and plaques commemorating the rescue of Shackleton’s men
- Frequently grounded icebergs
 
Description
TOPOGRAPHY
A small, low lying, narrow, sand and rock point, rising to a small rock outcrop at the northerly end. Steep tidewater glaciers and cliffs fringe the point. Large icebergs often ground on off shore pinnacles.
FAUNA
Confirmed breeders: Antarctic tern, chinstrap Penguin, Kelp gull.
Present late in the season: Cetaceans, Finback whale, Humpback Whale.
Regularly haul out: Antarctic fur seal.
Seen near-shore: Leopard seal, Weddell seal.
Seen off-shore: Cetaceans, Finback whale, Humpback Whale.
Suspected Breeders: Snowy sheathbill, Wilson’s storm-petrel.
FLORA
Small patches of bearded and crustose lichen species including Xanthoria spp., Buellia spp., Caloplaca spp., Usnea spp.
OTHER
The site is the location where the crew of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s shipwrecked Endurance expedition camped for four months until rescued in August 1916 by the Chilean Naval vessel Yelcho, commanded by Captain Luis Alberto Pardo. It is the location of HSM 53 which consists of a Bust of Captain Pardo, a monolith and plaques celebrating his rescue of Shackleton’s men.
 
Visitor Impact
KNOWN IMPACTS
None known.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS
Disturbance to wildlife and damage to historic artefacts.
 
Landing Requirements
SHIPS*
Max pax on board: 500
Ships per day: 2
Comments: * A ship is defined as a vessel which carries more than 12 passengers.
VISITORS
Curfew time period (from/to), in order to establish a rest period for wildlife: 22:00-04:00
Comments: No more than 30 visitors at any time, exclusive of expedition guides and leaders. However, this is principally a small boat cruising site with occasional opportunistic landings at low tide.
If landing, see Landing Area guidance below.
 
Visitor Area
LANDING AREA
Landings are often prohibited by the local conditions, and need to be considered on an opportunistic basis, usually with no more than one small boat at a time, depending on sea state, weather conditions and presence of wildlife.
CLOSED AREA
None.
GUIDED WALKING AREA
If setting foot ashore this should be done in small, closely guided groups (of up to 15 visitors) avoiding disturbing any wildlife present.
FREE ROAMING AREA
None.
 
 
Visitor code of conduct
BEHAVIOUR ASHORE
  • All visits are to be conducted in accordance with the General Guidelines for Visitors to the Antarctic.
  • If a historic artifact is found, draw it to the attention of a guide: do not disturb or remove it.
  • Artefacts should not be handled or removed from the site. Do not sit on chairs or other furniture, or lay objects down on tables or work surfaces.
COMMENTS
The rock outcrop at the southern part of the point, and the isthmus accessible at low tide connecting the point to the main island.
CAUTIONARY NOTES
Small boat drivers should be aware of submerged rocks and foul waters surrounding the point, in particular to the north and along the eastern shores. Be aware that glacier or iceberg calving may produce dangerous waves.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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