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Amazing island. It doesn't look like anything could live on it, but it does have vegetation. I wouldn't want to wake up to one of those walking sticks on me though.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on August 1, 2016
I've never heard of it, and it does indeed look like something from fantasy land. Amazing piece of geography.
By: Botanist on August 1, 2016
I have not heard of this island but when I saw the photo you showed here, my first thought was King Kong! I hope these insects thrive later and am glad they were not totally wiped out. I would love to visit this island but I hope there are such restrictions that no tourist can set foot on it because with tourists comes garbage
By: Birgit on August 1, 2016
amazing what one can find on the internet and on this fascinating island- I would not want to climb on it- not because of these insects, but because I am terrified of heights. And also I think these little creatures need some peace and quiet. Thanks Stephen for all your interesting , funny, sad and quirky stories- one of my all time fav blogs!
By: Kathe W. on August 1, 2016
Fascinating--I had never heard of it!!
By: fishducky on August 1, 2016
A few years ago, i read an article about the most remote islands in the world, and these were on the list, but i hadn't thought about them since. It's wonderful that these insects have survived.
By: messymimi on August 1, 2016
wouldn't mind seeing it but would have no interest in climbing it. and I happen to like insects.
By: Ellen Abbott on August 1, 2016
That island looks other worldly. Amazing. I am so happy that the insects have not perished. Twenty four is such a fragile number,hopefully they will thrive one day. Wonder what happened to their enemy the rat and hopefully Lord Howe Island doesn't have any. .
By: Arkansas Patti on August 1, 2016
What an unusual looking island. It is otherworldy (as one of your commenters suggested). However, I'm not that adventurous. Your summary here is all I need to be satisfied of its existence (with pictures).
By: Michael Offutt on August 1, 2016
they deserve to make it. :)
By: TexWisGirl on August 1, 2016
A fascinating spot. It is a striking visual and in my book that is its best feature. Seeing the walking sticks in the photo you posted satisfies my curiosity. Another volcano top island you may wish to visit is Dominica, called the nature island. It is still largely unspoiled by mass tourism. It is between Guadalope and Martinique and is essentially the top of a volcano mount. Diving or snorkeling gives you a chance to dive along sea mount.
By: Tom Cochrun on August 1, 2016
I've never heard of this island before. It has an interesting shape and history. You're right. Humans should stay away.
By: red Kline on August 1, 2016
It is interesting, but unless there is a all-inclusive resort, not sure I want to visit.
By: cranky on August 1, 2016
I've never heard of Ball's Pyramid. Palmetto bugs don't make me flee my house, so a walking stick won't keep me away. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on August 1, 2016
Not much of a beach.
By: Catalyst on August 1, 2016
Nope, never heard of it. Doesn't look very inviting; let's leave it to the walking sticks.
By: Tom Sightings on August 2, 2016
I didn't think I'd heard of that island until I got to the walking sticks. I'm pretty sure we read about them in my class, in Scholastic Science World magazine.
By: Val on August 2, 2016
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 2, 2016
Egads that's a large bug! I'm with you on the first impression of the island..I immediately thought of Lord of the Rings. I'm glad that access is restricted, but not sure I agree with moving an insect to a new environment. Why is it that man cannot leave things alone?
By: on August 2, 2016
Well, that was weird...my comment above!
By: Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines on August 2, 2016
I had read this article a while back and am always fascinated that there are still discoveries to be made on this great blue marble!
By: Tabor on August 2, 2016
When I first saw the picture, I thought it wasn't real. I'd never heard of or seen Ball's Pyramid. Thank you for showing us. The stick insects wouldn't scare me, but rats would.
By: Robyn Engel on August 2, 2016
The walking sticks and the rats would keep me away.
By: LL Cool Joe on August 2, 2016
It does look like a beautiful place on earth, But as you said, there are many beautiful places.
By: Rick Watson on August 2, 2016
It looks like a cool place. Heck yes I'd want to visit, but I'd be happy to cruise by and get pictures from afar. I would not want to disturb the delicate ecology.
By: Pixel Peeper on August 2, 2016
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