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22 March 2011

Save the albatross

Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (大西洋黃鼻信天翁)
Tristan da Cunha (2003)
6th October, 2010. Tristan da Cunha

Beside of the farewell cover shown in last post, I receive an aerogramme on meanwhile. This attractive aerogramme is famous known after it issued which as a part of stamp series Save the albatross on 2003, a souvenir sheet which six stamps. The sheet, also the aerogramme illustrate Yellow-nosed Albatross on the islands, which was formally called before 2004. Later on, BirdLife International split the species into Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (印度洋黃鼻信天翁) Thalassarche carteri, specify two species in two different regions.

Different than Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, it is in larger size. Mostly it to be found in South Atlantic Ocean and Southern Ocean ; also partly Indian Ocean. This endangered species only has population 55,000 to 83,200 when recorded on 2001 by BirdLife International, and most of birds breeding in Tristan da Cunha and surrounded islands. As well as other albatross, the main reason of population decreasing caused by longline fishing in southern oceans.

To conserve the albatrosses, islands nearby Tristan da Cunha, included Gough Island, Nightingale Islands and Inaccessible Island are nature preserves and be listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO at 2004.
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