It's being reported the tiny offshore island of Monuafe in Tonga could be the kingdom's first island to disappear due to sea-level rising.
Matangi Tonga reports that Monuafe appears to have eroded and receded into the ocean.
The paper says it is now a submerged sand bar that appears briefly at low tide, but 25 years ago was a healthy islet that supported a diverse flora of plant life.
Monuafe was one of many tiny islands that sat in the bay of Nuku'alofa and although only the size of about half a rugby field, it supported 30 different species of plants including Pandanus and Hibiscus trees.
Illegal sand mining and cyclones are also being blamed for the swift erosion of Monuafe.