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Patagonia's New Marine Parks, in Photos

Protecting our world

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(Image credit: G. Harris/Wildlife Conservation Society.)

The National Congress of Argentina has recently created two new marine protected areas in order to safeguard Magellanic penguins (pictured here) and several other species of birds and mammals. The parks are known as the Isla Ping

Such beauty deserves protection

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(Image credit: G. Harris/Wildlife Conservation Society.)

Isla Ping

Rockhoppers' home

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Isla Ping

It's love

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A pair of imperial cormorants in courtship. Isla Ping

Home to many

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A large population of South American sea lions uses Isla Ping

A distinct landscape

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The stark and scenic coastline of Makenke Coastal Marine Park. The new park covers an area nearly 600 square kilometers (230 square miles).

A place to return

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Makenke contains one of the largest breeding colonies of red-legged cormorants in Argentina.

Rare species

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(Image credit: G. Harris/Wildlife Conservation Society.)

Makenke Coastal Marine Park is also home to breeding colonies of the rare dolphin gull.

Playful creatures

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The waters of Makenke support large numbers of Commerson