Disappointment Island is one of seven uninhabited islands in the Auckland Islands archipelago, in New Zealand. It is 290 kilometres (180 mi) south of the country's main South Island and 8 kilometres (5 mi) from the northwest end of Auckland Island. It is home to the native Marianne teal, and a large colony of white-capped albatrosses: about 65,000 pairs – nearly the entire world's population – nest there. Also on the island is the Auckland rail, endemic to the archipelago; once thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered in 1966.
Position relative to New Zealand and other outlying islands
|Area||3.0 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|Length||3.35 km (2.082 mi)|
|Width||1.53 km (0.951 mi)|
|Pop. density||0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)|
On 7 March 1907, the Dundonald, a steel, four-masted barque, sank after running ashore on the west side of Disappointment Island. Twelve men drowned and sixteen survivors waited seven months for rescue. They survived on supplies from the castaway depot on Auckland Island.
The etymology of Disappointment Island is unclear, however the naming of islands that lacked resources – such as the Disappointment Islands – may have been a contributing factor in its naming. Or indeed, the occurrence of frequent shipwrecks.
Important Bird Area
The island is part of the Auckland Island group Important Bird Area (IBA), identified as such by BirdLife International because of the significance of the group as a breeding site for several species of seabirds as well as the endemic Auckland shag, Auckland teal, Auckland rail, and Auckland snipe.
- BBC – Science and Nature Archived 5 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine.
- Auckland Islands Rail.
- Wrecked on the Auckland Islands in 1907.
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- BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Auckland Islands. Downloaded from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-12-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) on 2012-01-23.
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