Albatrosses at Homebush Bay?

To: Koren Mitchell <>
Subject: Albatrosses at Homebush Bay?
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 15:04:53 +1000 (EST)
On Thu, 1 Aug 2002, Koren Mitchell wrote:
> I heard a program on ABC Radio National yesterday morning, someone talking
> about spirituality and the interconnectedness of everything, etc. Anyway,
> as part of making a point that I can't quite remember, this person said
> that in the past there had been an abattoir at Homebush Bay, spewing out
> meat remains into the water, and that "albatrosses came from all over the
> Southern Hemisphere" to fatten up on the scraps.
> This sounded a bit sus to me. I'm not from Sydney, but I find it hard to
> believe that lots of albatrosses would come that far up the harbour. Can
> anyone confirm or deny whether this actually happened?

Pre-1970 the sewage outfall at Malabar (on the coast in Sydney's southern
suburbs) attracted albatrosses in numbers, perhaps this is the (confused)
origin of the anecdote.


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