Below is another regularly seen bird the Giant Petrel, found only in the Southern Hemisphere and again around the subantarctic islands in South Georgia. They are distinguished from the albatross by their bill, which is a double tubed nostril joined together on the top of the bill where as on albatross they run on the side of the bill. Petrels are harder to distinguish from one species to the next as the changes are only slight in colour and not easily noticed by the eye.
|Albatross preening on the fly.|
|Shy Hourglass dolphin that played off the huge bow. Note how calm the ocean is!|
The Albatross and many sea birds still remain threatened and on endangered species list due to long lining and fishing methods as well as all the plastics that float around on the surface of the ocean which end up being eaten and digested by these birds. For more information please visit http://birdlife.org