Roy Mangersnes - Giants of Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands have some amazing wildlife, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world. The Waved Albatross is one of them. In previous years a small group of birds have been breeding of the coast of Peru, but the remaining 34.000 pairs are breeding on the island of Espanola south in the Galapagos archipelago. Being so attached to a single location makes them very vulnerable, but at the moment it seems the threat is not domestic. Recently there have been observations of large amounts of albatross feathers drifting ashore, indicating that the ancient habit of “fishing” albatrosses and serving them as “Chicken of the sea” in Peru has returned. The Waved Albatross follow the fish and will encounter fishermen on a regular basis. If they are being killed and served as food along with their fish prey, the population will very soon reach a critical level. Already the specie is considered critically endangered, but this might be the final blow.
Location: Espanola Island, Galapagos
Tags: Albatross, Bird, Galapagos