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Weddell Island (Spanish: "Isla San José") is the third largest of the Falkland Islandsmarker, with an area of 98 square miles (254 km²), off West Falklandmarker. Until the late nineteenth century, it was known as Swan Island, a name which is not to be confused with the Swan Islandsmarker on the other side of West Falklandmarker.


History and population

Its current designation comes from the name of James Weddell, an English navigator and explorer who visited the Falklands in the early 1800s. He was well known for his voyages to the Antarctic, and both the Weddell Seamarker and Weddell Seal are named after him also.

The small population of the island lives in Weddell Settlement on the east coast, the remainder of the island being run as a sheep farm.

Wildlife

Like many of the Falkland Islands, Weddell Island is known for its wildlife, including penguins, sealions and dolphins. Exotic wildlife, including skunks, rhea, parrots and guanacos were introduced in the 1930s, along with Patagonian foxes (not to be confused with the extinct warrah), which can still be found.

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