Oriol Alamany - The endangered Shearwater


The Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) is a little known and threatened seabird, endemic to the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is estimated that there are around 3,000 breeding pairs, but their current rate of decline is very worrying and to continue like this could be extinct in the next 40-60 years. That is why IUCN gives it the category of “Critically Endangered” in its Red List


Its main threats are being accidentally caught in fishing gear (bycatch) (50% of their mortality) and predation by species introduced in the islands and islets such as cats and rats. In addition, marine pollution, climate change, the destruction of their habitat by the urbanization of the coast, and the light pollution that disorients the fledgings.


This past week I have started to collaborate with the scientists of IRBI, SEO/Birdlife and AZTI that study this species, to capture in pictures the works that are carried out to know and protect it better, and to spread their worrying situation. The bird on the photo is breeding in a narrow cave on the coast of a mediterranean islet.

Location: Es Vedrà, es Vedranell i els illots de Ponent Natural Reserves, Balearic islands, Spain

Tags: Balearic, balearic shearwaters, endangered species, puffinus, puffinus mauretanicus, seabird, shearwater

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