Koren's source is more or less correct. I'm sure that meat from Sydney
abattoirs is feeding Albatrosses - it's just that this version leaves out a
couple of steps. The meat gets sold, rather than thrown out, then attached to
longlines behind trawlers, and finally the albatrosses get to have a go at it.
And then they get hooked and dragged under.
OK I might be making half of this up, but we sure do have albatrosses coming
from far and wide to eat bait from longline fishing vessels. Another one for
the too-hard basket, it seems.
Maybe the albatrosses would be better off hanging around the meatworks?
Koren Mitchell <> on Thu, 01 Aug 2002 14:55:39 +1000 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?
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