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Wonders of Clipperton Island

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

WorldBlue  Highlights

This remote, small atoll is an overseas state private property of France. It does not offer much interesting to its rare visitors.

Atoll is enclosed, with a freshwater lagoon in the middle. No fish lives in this lagoon. 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.

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WorldViolet Top wonders of Clipperton Island

Geological wonders

Clipperton Rock

Rock that rises 29 m tall above the uninhabited, low lying island.


A “crater” in the southern part of freshwater lagoon. This “bottomless” (a bit more than 35 m deep) pit contains acidic water at its base. This small lake is dangerous to divers: here live millions of freshwater isopods that can bite swimmers.

WorldYellow Recommended books

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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