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Jason Islands (aka Islas Sebaldes) are an archipelago within Falkland Islands, located far northwest of West Falkland Island. The islands Steeple Jason, Grand Jason and Clarke are designated a private nature reserves owned by the NYC's Wildlife Conservation Society. The rest of the isles in the group are owned by the Falkland Islands (British overseas territory) and are part of the Falkland's National Nature Reserves. The largest Jason Islands are named Steeple Jason, Grand Jason, Elephant Jason, Flat Jason and South Jason.
- Steeple Jason Island has a narrow land area separating it into two sections. The terrain features steep slopes. The northern part has a wide plateau which is an area for seabirds breeding.
- Grand Jason Island is the group's largest one. Its terrain features steep cliffs, high plains with gullies and badly eroded areas.
- The Flat Jason Island's terrain is low-lying.
- Elephant Jason Island's terrain features a long ridge (max height of 208 m / 682 ft), sheer cliffs (on its west coast), a low-lying plain (on its north and east coasts).
- South Jason Island's ridge has a highest elevation point of 300 m (980 ft).
- South Fur Island is located approx 3 ml (4,8 km) south of South Jason. It is notable for the dolerite boulders.
- North Fur is located east of Flat Jason, and features steep cliffs making the access (landing) difficult.
- Clarke's Islet is located approx 0,3 ml (0,5 km) northeast of Grand Jason.
- The Fridays are two islets (both low-lying) located approx 3 ml (5 km) northwest of Flat Jason.
- None of the jasons has ever been inhabited. Before the 1980s, some of the isles were used for grazing sheep.
- In 1970, Jason Islands were bought by Len Hill for GBP 5,500. Before the purchase, Steeple and Grand Jason had around 5,000 sheep stocked. Due to overgrazing, some parts of both islands are still severely eroded.
- In the 1990s, the islands Steeple Jason and Grand Jason were bought by Michael H. Steinhardt (NYC financier, investor and philanthropist). He later donated them to the Bronx Zoo's Wildlife Conservation Society. The donation also included USD 425,000 for building the Steinhardt conservation station.
- According to statistical records, in the period 1864-66, approx 2 million penguins were killed on Jason islands and boiled for their oil.
- Wildlife on Jason Islands is represented by fur seals, striated caracara, albatrosses, Antarctic skuas. BirdLife International designated the Jasons as an Important Bird Area. Among the seabirds of conservation significance are the Falkland steamer duck, ruddy-headed goose, penguins (around 12,000 pairs of gentoo, around 140,000 pairs of southern rockhopper, also the species macaroni and Magellanic), black-browed albatross (over 210,000 pairs), southern giant petrel (around 1,500 pairs), striated caracara, blackish cinclodes, Cobb's wrens, white-bridled finches.
Port Jason Islands cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Jason Islands, Falkland Islands. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|1 March, 2020|