Antipodes IslandsThe Antipode Islands
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Antipodes are rough, lonesome and one of the most wild places on earth. Andrea Vance, a policy writer, says the isolated islands are a haven for some very particular fish, some of which are in decline. About 800 kilometers southwards of the southern island, enclosed by the wide Antarctic Ocean and whipped by powerful western wind, these islands are hostile for people.
However, they are home and refuge for some very particular species of bird, sea mammal and insect. The antipodal hiking Albatros floats upside down with a span of up to three meters. It mates, broods and nests here on the meadows of the islands, but it flies far over the sea to Chile. However, the demographic is declining rapidly and could be extinct by 2040.
Antipodes are known as the sea bird capitals of the earth. Also two penguins, the Ostschopfpinguin and the Felsenpinguin, brood here, but also its populations decreased strongly. On these islands 25 bird types brood, under it mellow feather-petrels and the gentle and inquisitive antipodpieper.
The NZDF - NZDF evacuates sick workers from Antipode Islands
One of Wellington's seagoing vessels was sent in high wind and swell to collect the patients from Hut Cove after the ship reached the antipodes on Monday mornings. During its second emergency aid mission, the New Zealand Army (NZDF) evicted a potentially serious member of the New Zealand Antipode Islands administration within three wards.
HMNZS Wellington, an off-shore Patrolship on a supply operation in the Auckland Islands, was reassigned on Saturday evening to relocate a member of the Department of Conservation (DOC) at the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre's New Zealand inquiry, said Navy Captain Melissa Ross, Acting Maritime Component Commander. Antipodes are located about 900 kilometers north-east of the Auckland Islands and 850 kilometers south-east of Bluff.
Auckland Islands or bluff from the Antipodes can take up to two whole day at sea. "We are delighted to have been able to help and we are hoping for the best possible result for the patient," said Captain Ross after the boat landed in Bluff this mornings. One of Wellington's seagoing vessels was sent in high wind and swell to collect the patients from Hut Cove after the boat reached the antipodes on Monday mornings.
"Although the weather was quite harsh, we were able to get the patients to the seagoing vessel and then to the ship," said Lieutenant Commander Damian Gibbs, Commander of Wellington. From February 19-24, Wellington was in the Antipodes during the first stage of a three-phase replenishment mission on the subantarctic islands.
On the Antipode Islands, which in 2016 were the site of one of the most complicated moulting eradication sites in the whole planet, 10 DOC employees and three nature protection hounds combed the islands to see if the site was a success. On 13 February Wellington saved a 64-year-old girl with a fractured limb from Great Barrier Isle.
Johanniter in New Zealand asked the NZDF for help, as the meteorological situation did not allow the transportation of patients by chopper or boat. She has a top cruisingpeed of 22 kts and a cruising distance of 11,000 kilometers at 15kts.