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Masked Booby Chick next to plastic on shore at Clipperton Island

Masked Booby Chick next to plastic on shore at Clipperton Island

Clipperton Island, aka Île de la Passion, a French territory in the most remote part of the Pacific Ocean. The only coral island in the eastern Pacific Ocean with a completely enclosed lagoon. Even this distant, uninhabited outpost shows clear evidence of overfishing and a staggering plastic debris problem. Marine wildlife such as seabirds, whales, fish and turtles mistake plastic waste for prey, most then die of starvation as their stomachs become filled with plastic.

 

The island is home to the Clipperton Crab, a bright orange species of land crab that lives on Clipperton Island. These crabs, about 5cm, are numerous and scurry ceaselessly over the rocky shores looking for food.

 

Clipperton has been identified as an important bird nesting ground because of the large breeding colony of Masked and Brown Boobies. 

 

Filmed on Clipperton Island with Special Permit #HC/1838/CAB

 

Masked Booby

  • Scientific Name: Sula dactylatra

 

 Nazca Booby

  • Scientific Name: Sula granti

 

 Brown Booby

  • Scientific Name: Sula leucogaster

 

Clipperton Crab

  • Scientific Name: Johngarthia planata