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.
The r/NewZealand moderation team
The r/NewZealand moderation team is flexing its wings and putting its effort behind toroa this year, highlighting 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.