Month: May 2018

The Charles Barnhard Museum at New Island

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There is a quaint museum on New Island restored by Ian Strange, with the help of his daughter Georgina and other local people. It is a short walk from the settlement in New Island, and explains some of the history of the area in regards to whaling and conservation. It is well worth a visit next time you just happen to pass New Island while doing your daily errands!

It is easy to find because a shipwreck is in the water near the museum. Notice the small cruise boat in the distance? Tourists from this boat coming to the island for a short visit are the main source of income. They are not allowed to stay on the island.


There is a plaque outside dedicating the museum to a sailor 

The museum is named after a captain and three other sailors that were marooned on New Island in 1812 by a mutiny from some castaways they rescued. Captain Barnhard was rescued in 1814, and his adventure is chronicled in A Narrative of the Sufferings and Adventures of Capt. Charles Barnhard. 

Whaling occurred in New Island from 1908 to 1916 until it was moved to a different location

The museum contains many artifacts on whaling collected by Ian Strange. Some of them were found at New Island, others throughout the Falkland Islands.

A canon used to shoot a harpoon at the whale

The skull of a Leopard Seal shot in the head

Various other artifacts are in the museum that give you a feel of how people lived and worked in the Falkland Islands during this era.

Ian Strange was way ahead of his time in setting up New Island as a conservation area. He purchased a large amount of land, had the sheep removed, and in 1996 gave this land to the New Island Conservation Trust so they could manage it as a conservation area. It has been a huge success and has transformed the ecosystem in favor of the wildlife. There has been ongoing research on the birds and marine mammals ever since. There are posters throughout the museum that go over this in more detail.

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Long Beach Post Articles

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Dr. P writes a weekly article for the Long Beach Post on health issues in our pets. The column is called “The Vet is in”.

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Welcome to our new ‘Current News’ page. With this page we will continue to provide current information, facts and educational videos on the animals that we care for, the wildlife we take care of for free, and the photographic and conservation trips Dr. P takes around the world. We hope to see you back often!

If you have never seen a penguin up close and personal, here is your chance. This video was taken by Dr. P in the Falkland Islands. It is a curious Magellanic penguin.

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Southern Sea Lions of the Falkland Islands

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The Southern Sea Lions in the Falklands are huge. When you look at the adult males you can see what looks like a mane on their huge heads, which is why they are called lions.

Jerome Poncet from Golden Fleece Expeditions, our sailboat captain, made a stop at Stinker Island where these sea lions congregate, before taking us to New Island. We had a chance to go on land in a zodiac and approach them from a close distance.

We approached Stinker Island from Jerome’s 65 foot sailboat

As we neared the island the welcoming committee came out to greet us with open flippers

Jerome launched the zodiac and we jumped aboard

Off we went in the Zodiac with Jerome at the helm

As soon as we stepped foot on the island we were treated to the sight of a large male with his harem and pups. His enourmous size was quite apparent, especially when compared to the females. 

When we first arrived he ignored us and kept on working on his suntan 

As we walked towards the inland we came across another adult male moving around the tussock grass

We approached closer and both of us kept a wary eye on each other

A younger male southern sea lion was near this large male, so we kept an eye on him also. This younger male soon decided he did not want us between himself and the water, so he charged at us to get us out of the way. In this first video he starts slowly, but then he lets out a loud bark and rapidly accelerated towards Dr. P who was in his way. You can tell the point that Dr. P started running away by the shakiness of the video.

In the second video Dr. P gets his act together just in time to watch this sea lion blast past toward the water. It all happened fast, and gives you an idea of how you need to be observant at all time around these large and powerful animals. We would not have gotten this close without Jerome being there.

All too soon it was time to say good bye to our newfound friends and make our way to New Island, the final destination of our trip

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