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Beagle Island
Beagle Island is located in Antarctica
Beagle Island
Beagle Island
Location in Antarctica
Location in Antarctica
Location Antarctica
Coordinates 63°25′S 54°40′W / 63.417°S 54.667°W / -63.417; -54.667
Administered under the Antarctic Treaty System
Population Uninhabited

Beagle Island is an island lying northeast of Darwin Island in the Danger Islands off the east end of Joinville Island. It was named by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee in 1963 after HMS Beagle (Captain Robert FitzRoy), due to its proximity to Darwin Island.


Beale Island has hundreds of thousands of Adelie penguins nesting during each summer. There are dozens of sheathbills, skuas, and pintados seen on every shoreline. There are leopard seals often seen in the water.


Beagle Island consists of Mesozoic diorite related to the subduction complex ranging from Antarctica to Alaska during the Cretaceous Period (80-120 million years ago).

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