Hooked Wandering Albatross

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Subject: Hooked Wandering Albatross
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Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 08:52:45 +1100
Hi All,

Back on the 21st of February I led a pelagic off Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania. It 
was a good trip with some nice birds. We also had a Wandering Albatross that 
had been hooked on fishing gear and the trip report contained the following...

"One Wandering Albatross was observed with a hook (and accompanying leader) 
from commercial fishing gear embedded in the palate of the upper mandible. We 
captured it using tasty morsels of beef fat and a hand net, notified DPWI staff 
and returned it to shore for a vet check. Fingers crossed for a positive 

Thankfully there was a positive outcome. The bird received minor surgery the 
evening of its capture and was released soon after off the Tasman Peninsula.

Recently 'our' albatross has received a bit of media attention. Hopefully this 
publicity has helped draw attention to the plight of albatross and other 
seabirds that are prone to 'interactions' with fishing gear.

Here's an article in the Sydney Morning Herald - the same article appeared in 
The Age (SMH sister paper)

Here's another with a link to a few more pics in The Mercury


Rohan Clarke

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