October 17

Albatross

Albatross

The Albatross is a member of the family called Diomedeidae which are large seabirds that are allied together with the procellariidae.

An Albatross can be a spectacular sight, as these giant feathered bird’s wing span is up to 11 feet (3.14m) by they being the largest birds of 22 different species.

Albatross use their wingspan to ride the ocean’s wind to glide for hours without even a flap from their wings. They also float on the sea’s surface, though the position is very vulnerable to aquatic predators.They can also drink salt water like all other seabirds.

This amazing bird can also reach 50 years of age.

What do they eat and who are their predators?

Different species of Albatross have different diets, but most Albatross’ eat squid, octopus and other cephalopods (Krills, crabs, shrimp, lobsters and other crustaceans) or schooling fish from the ocean.

Their predators are tigers, sharks and humans.

Where do Albatross live?

Every year, 4-15 pairs of Albatross’ live in Macquarie Island, across the southern seas and southern sea islands.

Are Albatross endangered?

There are 22 species of Albatross and some of them are endangered but the Wandering Albatross is not. They are threatened by some fishers.

They can sometimes be caught in fishnets because Albatross swallow the hook of the net and drown in the ocean.

Other threats including losing their homes, introducing predators, being caught in plastic and oil spills.

Glossary

Vulnerable: Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

Procellariidae: A cousin of the Albatross

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