Clipperton Island

Main attractions

Clipperton Island
Clipperton Island. One of the rare groups of cocos palms is seen, lagoon is seen in the background / Shannon Rankin, NOAA, / public domain

This remote, small atoll does not offer much interesting to its rare visitors.

One interesting detail is the Clipperton Rock in the south-east of the island, which rises 29 m tall above the uninhabited, low lying island.

Atoll is enclosed, with freshwater lagoon in the middle. No fish lives in this lagoon. In the southern part of lagoon is located a "crater" - Trou-Sans-Fond. This "bottomless" (a bit more than 35 m deep) pit contains acidic water at its base, which is dangerous to divers. In the lagoon live millions of freshwater isopods which can bite swimmers.

On the island and in the surrounding seas live several endemic species of animals, such as skink Emoia arundeli, centipede Cryptops navigans, the valuable collectors fish - Clipperton Angelfish (Holacanthus limbaughi) and others.

List of described attractions

Clipperton Island is small atoll, overseas possession of France.

Map of Clipperton Island

Recommended books:

Clipperton: A History of the Island the World Forgot

Clipperton Island is one of the most obscure, isolated islands on earth although it is primarily based on guano (bird droppings) lying 670 miles South West of Acapulco. Despite this it has captured the imagination of many famous people including Emperor Charles V, Napoleon III, Mexican President Porfirio Diaz, Italian King Victor Emmanuel III and assorted pirates, cast-aways, adventurers, scientists and sailors.

Clipperton: The Island of Lost Toys and Other Treasures

This book is about pirates and their treasure, and the islands visited in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Little has been known, or written, about these early day ships, and the scoundrels that sailed them. Pirates, of course, were known throughout the world in such places as the Caribbean, Atlantic shores of America, Mediterranean Sea, Africa, and Western Pacific, and much as been written about them, including many movies, but very little about the Pacific shores of New Spain, in North and South America.

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