A Visit to the French Southern and Antarctic Lands – The Atlantic


The French Southern and Antarctic Lands is a territory spread across multiple islands and island groups in the southern Indian Ocean. Patrick Hertzog, a photographer with AFP, recently visited several of its subantarctic districts aboard the research-and-supply vessel Marion Dufresne. These islands are home to many penguins, seals, and seabirds, and a temporary home to groups of scientists and researchers who work in several small stations that are supplied by the Marion Dufresne.
A scientist walks among thousands of King penguins on Île de la Possession, part of the Crozet Islands, on December 20, 2022. The Crozet Islands are home to multiple species of penguins, fur seals, and southern elephant seals.
An aerial view of Île Saint-Paul in the southern Indian Ocean, part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, seen on December 28, 2022. A scientific-research cabin on the island is used for scientific or ecological short campaigns, but there is no permanent population.
An elephant seal is surrounded by king penguins on Île de la Possession on December 20, 2022.
An aerial photograph of the cluster of buildings that is the Alfred Faure research station on Île de la Possession, taken on December 21, 2022.
An elephant seal swims ashore on December 21, 2022, on Île de la Possession.
A close view of a king penguin on December 20, 2022, on Île de la Possession
An elephant seal is pictured on December 20, 2022, on Île de la Possession.
This photograph, taken on December 15, 2022, shows the Marion Dufresne multipurpose vessel sailing near Crozet Island, in the Indian Ocean.
An elephant seal rests near the Port-aux-Français station, early on December 25, 2022, on the Kerguelen Islands. This archipelago, also known as the Desolation Islands, is one of the most isolated places on Earth.
A penguin walks on a road in Port-aux-Français station on the Kerguelen Islands, on December 25, 2022.
Elephant seals rest on a road at Port-aux-Français station, early on December 25, 2022.
Penguins are pictured on December 24, 2022, on the Kerguelen Islands.
Elephant seals fight near the Port-aux-Français station on December 25, 2022.
This aerial view, taken on December 24, 2022, shows the Marion Dufresne, alongside the Port-aux-Français station.
This aerial view shows the research station at Martin-de-Viviès on Île Amsterdam, part of the five administrative districts of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories, on December 31, 2022. Martin-de-Viviès is the seasonal home to about 30 researchers.
A fur seal basks on Île Amsterdam on December 29, 2022.
Jean-Philippe Branne, chief of the Amsterdam district, watches a freight transfer from the Marion Dufresne multipurpose vessel by a helicopter, on Île Amsterdam, on December 29, 2022.
Workers shoo fur seals from a working area on Île Amsterdam on December 29, 2022.
Workers and seasonal residents handle the freight transported from the Marion Dufresne at Martin-de-Viviès research center after arriving on Île Amsterdam, on December 29, 2022.
A seal rests on rocks on Île Amsterdam on December 29, 2022.
The Marion Dufresne multipurpose vessel sits anchored near Île Saint-Paul on December 28, 2022.
This photograph taken on December 21, 2022, from the Marion Dufresne, shows the landscape of Île de l’Est, part of the Crozet Islands.
Fur seals swim inside the crater of Île Saint-Paul on December 28, 2022
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