Postnatal dispersal of wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans:implications for the conservation of the species

Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) Science Article 8

abstract

Many large marine vertebrates are today threatened by human activities and it istherefore crucial to obtain information on their distribution and behaviour at sea. Inparticular little is known about the time necessary for juveniles to acquire the foragingskills of adults. We tracked 13 juvenile wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans bysatellite telemetry during their first year at sea. They covered an average distance of184 000 km during the first year and restricted their dispersal to the unproductivewaters of the subtropical Indian Ocean and Tasman Sea.

Weimerskirch, H. et al., JOURNAL OF AVIAN BIOLOGY 37: 23-28, 2006

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