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Platte lies 140 km south of Victoria. It is a small island of just 54 hectares, with a height of 3 m above the sea level. The island is known for its rich fish life. And Red-footed booby and sooty tern used to breed but are now extinct. Brown noddy and white-tailed tropicbird still breed while hundreds of lesser noddy and bridled tern roost at night. Barn owls were introduced in 1949 but died out in 1951-1952. Madagascar fody also breed. A year-long turtle study conducted in 1998 demonstrated Platte to have significant populations of some 40 female hawksbills nesting annually