Gibbs Island

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Gibbs Island

South Shetland Islands
(British Antarctic Territory)


Location of Gibbs Island

Location: 61°28’1"S, 55°34’1"W
Area: 8 square miles

Gibbs Island lies 16 miles south-west of Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands, within the British Antarctic Territory. James Weddell, whose chart of the islands appeared in 1825, was apparently the first to use the current name.


Gibbs is a slender, east-west aligned island, some eight miles long, a mile wide and eight square miles in area. It is bordered to the south by Bransfield Strait and to the north by the Loper Channel. The isthmus of The Spit joins the main part of Gibbs Island in the west to Furse Peninsula in the east.[1]

Important Bird Area

A tract of 912 acres comprising Furse Peninsula, The Spit and a small ice-free area on Gibbs Island west of The Spit has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports breeding colonies of about 1,700 pairs of Macaroni and 190 pairs of Chinstrap Penguins, as well as over 18,000 pairs of Southern Fulmars.[1]


The tomb of a German sailor can be found on Gibbs Island. The epitaph on the cross of the sumptuous grave reads: "Wilhelm Tolz, Matrose aus Husum, 1875 - 1912. Durch fremde Hand ertrunken. Ruhe in Frieden". (English: "Wilhelm Tolz, Sailor from Husum, 1875-1912. Drowned through alien/strange hand. Rest in peace.") Nothing more is known about this person and his death.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Gibbs Island East". BirdLife data zone: Important Bird Areas. BirdLife International. 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
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