Salvin’s Albatross (Thalassarche salvini)
Also known as Salvin’s mollymawk, Salvin’s albatross is a species of mollymawk (Thalassarche spp.) which is known to breed in colonies on three island groups in the Southern Ocean, the Ile des Pingouins, the Crozet Islands in the Indian Ocean and the Bounty Islands and the Snares to the south of New Zealand, the Pyramid, and Forty-Fours Island. At sea Salvin’s albatrosses can range from South across to Australia and as far east as the coast of South America. Like other albatrosses T. salvini feeds pelagically on a range of fish and cephalopods.
Currently Thalassarche salvini is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, as they are currently experiencing a decline, the exact reason is unknown but it is though that trawlers and longline fisheries are a factor.
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