Skull island landscape from the coast, the rough landscape is product of millions of years of erosion and collapse of the terrain.

The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island is a book created in 2005 as a field guide of the skull island presented in the movie King Kong, exposing in an extraordinary way the great diversity of organisms inhabiting the island. Despite of the possible evolutionary inaccuracies that the fauna of the book can possess, the quality and the complexity of the work makes it stand out.


Some years after the first expedition and the death of the last kong in 1933, Skull island became the main focus of different groups from universities to private organizations to investigate and catalog what exists in it,  thus creating an exploration race in which different expedition groups, but due to the chaotic conditions of the surroundings and the interior of the island these expeditions ended disastrously, with lost of lifes in a year. Thanks to proper organization and funding through three parties, the Legacy project was founded in 1935, a 3-month expedition to document the island and its inhabitants. Despite some setbacks and incidents, this one was successful in comparison to the previous ones, made evidence of not only the enormous diversity that exists in this island but also exposing the fact that with only one exploration would not be sufficient to be able to collect everything that can exist on the island. This led to the project becoming a long-term mission, and not only with the aim of cataloging species but also of establishing a permanent base on the island.

All of this however fell apart in subsequent years, starting during the second expedition in 1936, an earthquake of great magnitude ended up sinking a part of the island, killing 5 members of the team, After this event, a team of geologists gave evidence of what was happening, the island was doomed to crumble and sink into the sea. 15 years after its discovery and only 7 legacy expeditions (around 1946), Skull island disappeared in the sea, taking with it all its native flora, fauna and people. 

Skull island

Skull island

Skull island map-1935







Pits and chasms


The following list contains some of the most outstanding organisms

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