Capitán Fliess Refuge
View of Neko Harbor
|Location in Antarctic Peninsula||Neko Harbour|
|Administered by||Argentine Navy|
Neko Harbour was discovered by Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache during the early 20th century. It was named for a Scottish whaling boat, the Neko, which operated in the area between 1911 and 1924.
Capitán Fliess RefugeEdit
Captain Fliess Refuge (Andvord Bay on the Danco Coast, west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The refuge was opened on April 4, 1949 and it is managed by the Argentine Navy. It was inaugurated together with the Penguin Observatory and the Rescue Station under the name of Refugio Neko. His name pays tribute to the Lieutenant of the ship Felipe Fliess of the Corvette Uruguay who rescued the Swedish Antarctic Expedition headed by Otto Nordenskjöld.) is an Argentine refuge in Antarctica located in Neko Harbour in the
It has been enabled and supplied by the icebreaker ARA Almirante Irízar and the ship ARA Bahía Aguirre in various Antarctic campaigns. The refuge was destroyed by a storm in 2009, was then rebuilt in 2011 during the 2011-2012 Antarctic summer campaign. Maintenance, repair and conservation of facilities were carried out to be used as support for scientific research.[circular reference]
Important Bird Area (IBA)Edit
Neko Harbour has been classified as an important bird and biodiversity area by BirdLife international because it supports a breeding colony of more than 300 breeding pairs of gentoo penguins that nest on the hill near the beach to avoid risk of being washed away by the large waves frequently generated from the calving of the nearby Glacier. southern giant petrels and south polar skuas also nest here. The area has been also used by weddell seals which frequently haul out to rest.
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- Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty Visitor Guidelines and peninsula description
- Tourism and the history of Antarctica Tourism
- "Compendium of Antarctic Peninsula visitor sites" (PDF). (162 KB), United States Environmental Protection Agency ()
- Antarctica, Jeff Rubin (Lonely Planet), pp. 223 (ISBN 1740590945)
- Lonely Planet episode on Neko Harbor
- Images of Neko Harbor By Rutgers University, NJ, USA.