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Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus), Antarcticv Peninsular

Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus), Antarcticv Peninsular

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Uploaded 05 Dec 2011 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2011
From collection: Antarctic biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The species is the largest of the (mostly much smaller) petrels, sometimes mistaken for a small albatross. THey are important scavengers, feeding on carcasses of penguins (as on the picture), other birds and seals. Many of them are annually dying as they are caught on the hooks of long-line fishing boats.
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