National Geographic : 1956 Mar
Heavy Surf Batters New Island's Cliffs In colonial days New England sealers and whalers bound for Antarctica often stopped at New Island, westerly outpost of the Falklands. They left goats and pigs to assure a food supply on the return voyage. Only three families live on New Island today. A whaling station on the island was aban doned in 1916. Treeless moors suggest scenes in northern Scotland. Short grasses, mosses, and lichens cling to rocky slopes. + Skuas Rear a Chick in a Seaside Nest Bird life abounds in the Falk lands. These gull-like birds nest near a penguin colony on New Island. When baby demands food, his parents ambush a tender young penguin. Skuas guard their own chicks zealously, giving battle to any intruder, human, horse, or dog. Attacking from the air, they sometimes strike with wings and bodies.