Bounty Islands

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Bounty Islands

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The Bounty Islands at are a small group of 13 granite islets and numerous rocks, with a combined area of , in the south Pacific Ocean that are territorially part of New Zealand. They are located between 47°44'35" and 47°46'10" S, and 179°01' and 179°04'20" E, southeast of the South Island of New Zealand. Ecologically, they are part of the Antipodes Subantarctic Islands tundra ecoregion. The group is uninhabited by humans, but is also heavily populated by penguins and albatrosses. During the 19th century, it was a popular hunting ground for sealers.

The whole chain is only across at its longest axis, and comprises three subgroups, the by far largest Main Group to the NW, the Centre Group and the East Group. The total area is only , and the highest point is above sea level, on Funnel Island. Bounty Islands were discovered by Captain William Bligh in 1788 and named after his ship, just months before the infamous mutiny.

The islands are inscribed in the together with the other sub-Antarctic New Zealand islands in the region as follows: 877-002 Bounty Islands New Zealand S47 45 E179 03 135 Ha 1998

The 13 islands

  • Main Group ():
    • Depot Island (largest in the group), named for the castaway depot on the island.
    • Lion Island
    • Penguin Island
    • Proclamation Island
    • Ranfurly Island
    • Ruatara Island
    • Spider Island
    • Tunnel Island
  • Centre Group ():
    • Castle Island
    • Funnel Island (main islet)
    • Prion Island
  • East Group ():
    • Molly Cap (main islet)
    • North......

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