Endangered Species--4--Amsterdam Albatross
By Rhonda S.
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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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.