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Endangered Species in Antarctica: Wandering Albatross

Animal

Wandering albatross is an animal that lives mainly in Antarctica. It can also be seen in the Northern Hemisphere and rarely in the United States and Portugal. Known as one of the largest seabirds in the world, it is a bird of the Albatross family. Wandering albatross is known to follow the ship and eat the trash that is thrown away. Due to its widespread distribution throughout the world, this bird, which is considered unlikely to be extinct, has been designated as an endangered species. It is a bird that is in danger of survival.

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Habitat

Wandering albatross is widely distributed from the waters around Antarctica to subtropical waters and the southern hemisphere, and there are records of it. Other members of the albatross family include the black-footed albatross, the black-footed albatross, and the black-footed albatross. Scientific name: Diomedea exulans. English name: Wandering Albatross. The wings are very beautiful.

Characteristic

The Wandering albatross is 107-135 cm long and weighs 6.3-11.3 kg. The feather color changes with age, and the white part increases as it grows. Wandering albatross is a bird of the Albatross family that migrates as you can imagine from its name. Males are characterized by being slightly larger than females, and even when females eventually grow, a slight black color remains on the rain cover and the tip of the tail. It is known as one of the largest seabirds in the world because of its very large body. Wandering albatross live on the sea or on rocky or sandy coasts. The total population is estimated to be slightly over 100,000.

Ecology

Wandering albatross is known to follow the ship and eat the trash that is thrown away. In addition, they may prey on fish and squids on their own. Wandering albatross breed in small colonies. The nest is made by stacking soil and plants, and has a shallow depression at the top. Once paired, it is said that the relationship will continue until one of them disappears. The breeding form is oviparous, and the incubation period is around 70-90 days. When the eggs are laid, males and females take turns warming the eggs for 11 weeks. Newborn children live with their parents. Wandering albatross live for about 30 years in the wild, but can live for more than 50 years in captivity.

Endangered species

The total population of Wandering albatross is estimated to be slightly over 100,000. Therefore, it is unlikely to become extinct right now, but the Wandering albatross is known for its poor fertility. It is common for a ship to try to steal the bait on a longline needle before it sinks, and the hook gets caught in the beak or throat and is drawn into the water and drowned. In addition, there are cases of drowning, and the population is declining. The Antarctic Marine Bioresource Conservation Treaty is now in force, reducing seabird bycatch by 90%. However, the number of boats engaged in illegal longline fishing is increasing, and countermeasures are required.

Breeding

Wandering albatross are fairly large and migratory birds, making them quite difficult for the average person to breed. So watch it at the zoo or go to Antarctica.

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