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RARE SEABIRD REDISCOVERED IN JAPAN

Researcher has confirmed a nesting site of the endangered Bryan’s shearwater, once thought to have gone extinct on Ogasawara island chain. The last it was seen on Midway Atoll in 1991.  Scientists conducted DNA testing on seabirds found on the Ogasawara Islands – which have been recognized as a UNESCO world natural heritage site – between 1997 and 2011, as their features matched those of the Bryan’s Shearwater.

  • Photo: A Bryan’s shearwater found on Higashijima island on the Ogasawara island chain in February 2015 Provided by the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute