Climate change has been on the verge of turning the world into one big hot mess. Climate change is not only affecting humans but also wild animals. In a video report by BBC Earth, the recent victims of this predicament are the Albatross birds.
What Are Albatrosses?
Albatrosses are considered one of the largest birds in the world. They grow so big that their wings can span up to 3.4 meters (11 feet)! These birds also have a distinctive white colour. The wide wingspan enables these birds to glide across vast oceans for hours without stopping.
Due to the long hours (have been documented to fly for 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles)) spent over teh oceans, albatrosses have the ability to drink salty ocean water. They also maintain their physique by feeding on sea creatures and fishes.
Albatrosses have the capability to live up to half a century (50 years). They rarely live on land and only go onshore to breed on specific land masses.
Why are Albatross Chicks in Danger?
Mature albatross birds pair and take turns to care for an egg. The egg is normally held in a raised nest to prevent water and other organisms from accessing it. When the eggs hatch , young flightless and fluffy chicks are “born.” The cute and fluffy birds spend a lot of time in the nest since they depend on nourishment from their parents before they can learn to fly.
Here is the main problem, since albatross birds build these raised nests near the arctic and oceans , they are subject to strong winds. A recent report by BBC Earth has shown that the population of albatross nests has significantly reduced in these breeding areas. Furthermore, the strength of the winds has intensified blowing off the delicate birds from their nests.
These chick barely survive the fall and the wetlands. The predicament has been attributed to climatic changes that have led to the increase in wind speed and strength.
The Albatross has already been set as an endangered species due to the dwindling numbers. If something is not done to mitigate the fast changing climate, this incredible bird will only exist in history.