The albatross, an endemic bird of the Galapagos Islands

#ShortStories #DecisiveMoments The albatross is an endemic bird of the Galapagos Islands. The largest colony in the world is on the Spanish island.

 

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Source: Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador

 

They chose this island because of their need for flat areas for landing located near the cliffs, which also facilitate their takeoff. Albatrosses are only raised in this island, when they are not breeding, they fly off the coast of Ecuador, Peru and sometimes Colombia.

These birds measure about 3 meters long when they extend their huge wings which allow them to reach a speed of 90 km per hour when they are planning. They can live to be 80 years old, feed mainly on fish, squid and crustaceans and their population is currently about 35 thousand pairs.

In case you have not seen it, they perform a spectacular mating dance where they bow to their potential partner by raising their beaks towards the sky and then bump them into each other. It is a complex dance which takes some time to perfect.

 

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Source: © Dennis Stogsdill

 

Unfortunately, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) classifies them as a critically endangered species for several reasons:

  • For its fragile and delicate nesting place
  • For illegal fishing
  • For the consumption of plastic waste
  • For tourism

In this list we can see that, although they live in the Galapagos Islands, there are human activities and actions that are affecting them. That is why the urgency of avoiding plastic waste that, in one way or another, arrives from the coastal region towards the beaches of the enchanted islands.

 

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