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Scattered throughout the Indian Ocean and onto Antarctica, the French Southern and Antarctic Lands includes the islands of Amsterdam, Crozet, Kerguelen, and Saint-Paul, and the Antarctic territory called Adelie Land. These areas are home to many animals on land and even more in the surrounding seas. The habitat afforded to the animals living on these islands is mostly cold, sandy, rocky beaches with grasses, mosses, and lichens; and annual precipitation is high. The islands are uninhabited by people, aside from the few researchers that stay there, so animals can live undisturbed in the wild. The land habitat is not only where the animals thrive though. Many of the species there live off the shore in the cold, dark waters.
Four species of penguins live on the islands, including
King Penguin
King Penguins,
Macaroni Penguin
Macaroni Penguins,
Gentoo Penguin
Gentoo Penguins, and Eastern
Rockhopper Penguin
Rockhopper Penguins. Seals include the
Antarctic fur seal
Antarctic Fur Seals, Southern Elephant Seals which are the fattest of all carnivores, and Amsterdam Island Fur Seals which are unique to the area. The rocky and sandy beaches are perfect for mating and giving birth for seals.
Many types of whales thrive in the cold, deep, open oceans around the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. Commonly known, the killer and blue whales both live there. The blue whale is the largest known animal in the world. The second largest, the fin whale or common rorqual also lives in these oceans. Whales are more transient, traveling many, many miles through the oceans, spending a portion of their time in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
Many animals call the French Southern and Antarctic Lands home and its habitat is home for many cold weather species, both on land and in the water.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
Carnivores in French Southern and Antarctic Lands
South atlantic elephant-seal
Antarctic fur seal
Amsterdam island fur seal
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Commerson's dolphin
Southern right whale
Long-finned pilot whale
Dusky dolphin
Southern right whale dolphin
Gray's beaked whale
Layard's beaked whale
Killer whale
Blue whale
Common rorqual
Arnoux's beaked whale
Pygmy right whale
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