Antipodes islands, remote hotspot of biodiversity, New Zealand

Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 25 February 2023 at 21:49:09 UTC
Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 20 June 2023 at 21:49:11 UTC
Author(s): Sentinel Vision team, VisioTerra, France -
Keyword(s): Coastal, islands, archipelago, biodiversity, UNESCO World Heritage, New Zealand
Fig. 1 - S2 (25.02.2023) - The Antipodes Islands are uninhabited volcanic islands 730 km south-east of New Zealand.
Part of the subantarctic waters of New Zealand, they display a high level of productivity, biodiversity, wildlife population densities and endemism among birds, plants and invertebrates.
Fig. 2 - S2 (20.06.2023) - View near the austral winter solstice. They are very close to being the antipodal point to Normandy in France.
The islands were first discovered in 1800. A sealing boom at the islands in 1805 to 1807 led up to eighty men there, even leading to a battle between American and British-led gangs at one point. It drove fur seals to extinction after over 100 000 had been hunted for their pelts.
Introduced rodents have caused problems by preying on the indigenous wildlife. The estimated 200 000 mice on Antipodes Island were eliminated in 2016.