Antipodean Albatross is the party leader species representing all of the amazing albatross species in Aotearoa. They spend most of their lives at sea, only coming on land to raise young every two years. They don’t start breeding until they are seven to perhaps 20 years old and have an elaborate courtship. This lasts several years and initially involves a characteristic singing and dancing display. They form enduring pairs that mostly last until one of them dies. These albatrosses are named Antipodean after Antipodes Island in New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands. This island has also been called Moutere Mahue – translated from Maori, it means “abandoned” as it’s so isolated from the mainland.
After writing an article or two for Bird News Network last year, Dan decided to give a shot at managing his own bird this time around. He is throwing his support behind Toroa / Antipodean Albatross in efforts to highlight how the effects of climate change and fishing bycatch have caused this beautiful bird from the very bottom of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands to become classified as Nationally Critical by the Department of Conservation.
When not posting memes about toroa or embroiled in faux political scandals, he is studying Geography at the University of Auckland and working in ecommerce at a local New Zealand retailer.