Crozet Islands were discovered by Nicolas Thomas Marion-Duresne, a French explorer. He sent his second-in-command Julien Crozet to the islands on 24th January 1772. He claimed possession of the islands for France. Sealers visited the islands, but now it is visited each year by elephant seals to mate and give birth.
There are over 25 million seabirds on Crozet Island, made up of over 30 species. It is unsurpassed by any other country in the world. It is one of the last untouched islands in the world, being too miserable for human habitation. The islands sit in the Indian Ocean midway between Madagascar, South Africa and Antarctica.
There are a total of six islands with the highest elevation being 1,090m or 3,580 feet. The islands cover an area of 352 km2 or 136 square miles.
It is not unusual to have four seasons weather in less than a day. Rain falls for 310 days out of the 365 and winds blow in excess of 60-miles per hour.
The nuclear test monitoring station is set up on the island as a lookout to warn the world.
Young male elephant seals fighting, Possession Island, Crozet Islands
Photo: Author - Xavier Desmier
How the Ashmore would have seen one of the islands
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