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Schooling Leather Bass grazing at Clipperton Island

Schooling Leather Bass grazing 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. 


Clipperton Island boasts an extensive cover of Lobe and Plate coral, an abundance of moray eels, and endemic fishes. Yet even this distant, uninhabited outpost shows clear evidence of overfishing, including a large number of fishing lines and a disproportionate population of juvenile sharks.


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


Leather Bass

  • Scientific Name: Dermatolepis dermatolepis


Lobe Coral

  • Scientific Name: Porites Lobata


Tiered Plate Coral

  • Scientific Name: Porites Arnaudi
  • Resolution:  4K 3840 x 2160

    Frame Rate:  23.98 fps

    Bitrate:  ≈150 Mbps

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