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The Albatross

 

General information on the albatross 

The albatross ranges widely from The north pacific to the southern ocean. They are one of the largest birds in the world with the largest wingspan of any flying bird. Their diet consists mainly of krill and fish, using an effective dynamic flying style to conserve energy. As they are colonial they nest on remote pacific islands sometimes for up to a year to produce one young born from an egg. The albatross family is said to have up to 21 different subspecies (this number generally debated).

Reasons for endangerment

However of the 21 species of albatross a shocking 19 are endangered according to the I.U.C.N. In recent decades the albatross has been harvested for feathers but in recent years pollution depleting fish stocks and predators eating the eggs are causing this beautifal species to be driven to the edge.

 Another increasing problem is longline fishing where the albatross goes for the bate, swoops down, and gets caught on the hook, beind dragged down-helpless. They simply drown, the dead birds thrown back over board. This is the case for over 100,000 albatrosses a year.

 

Article by R.H.N.