Endangered Species--4--Amsterdam Albatross

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United States
December 13, 2017 1:28am CST
This bird is very close to extinction, and if things don't change for them they could disappear in less than 10 years. One factor to their low numbers is long line fishing. Albatrosses swoop down to catch their fish and get caught in the lines. This type of fishing should follow the guidelines in the video or be banned completely. Another reason for their falling numbers--cats and disease. Here are five facts concerning these animals: 5. They only breed on Amsterdam Island, which is where they received their name. 4. The average wing span is 8 to 10 feet long. 3. The parents spend 230 days feeding the bird until it fledges (flies away on it's own). 2. Once the chick fledges, it will stay over the ocean and not come back to the island for five years. 1. There are only 100 Amsterdam Albatrosses left on earth. Here is some more information. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/7-ways-you-can-help-albatrosses/ https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2015/12/09/how-to-protect-endangered-albatross/
Saving Albatrosses - How to Reduce Seabird Bycatch - Tuna Longline Fisheries - English This instructional video by the BirdLife International Marine Programm...
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@Madshadi (8951)
• Brussels, Belgium
13 Dec
Those greedy fishers just don't care
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• United States
13 Dec
Many don't . The video shows people showing how to fish without hurting the birds, and some seem really receptive, so I hope this helps.
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@Madshadi (8951)
• Brussels, Belgium
13 Dec
@misunderstood_zombie I hope that too
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@JohnRoberts (52129)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Dec
They exist in a very limited area then.
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• United States
13 Dec
Yes, just on the one island. Too bad a new island can't be found for them, but maybe they would just fly back to their old one.
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@TRBRocks420 (73792)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Dec
One of my favorite birds.
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• United States
13 Dec
Mine also. I love the Waved Albatross, they are so cute and funny and clumsy.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
13 Dec
They are so interesting, I wish they could be saved so we don't lose them forever.
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 Dec
So they just hang out over the ocean for five years? Interesting.
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• United States
15 Dec
Many albatrosses would never land except to mate, otherwise they would spend their entire lives at sea. I love the Waved albatross, and it has a locking mechanism in it's wing that keeps the wings open. They use the wind current from the ocean to keep them gliding.
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Dec
@misunderstood_zombie - Interesting. I didn't know. I learn something new on here everyday.
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• United States
15 Dec
@teamfreak16 I learn a lot of stuff also.
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@just4him (109880)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Dec
I hope they can be saved. That's not many left.
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• United States
13 Dec
I was really surprised how little are left.
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@just4him (109880)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Dec
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