Penguinspirit will donate part of the sales proceeds to the "Save the Albatross Campaign".
"Extinction" is not a word to use lightly. It means the final, irrevocable disappearance of a species from the face of the earth, never to be seen again or enjoyed by our descendants. We cannot let that happen to the awesome and beautiful albatross. Please support the "Save the Albatross Campaign" today.
~ Graham Wynne, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds ~
Albatrosses are among the largest flying seabirds of the biological family Diomedeidae. They are long-lived birds that can only breed when they are fully matured, which can take as long as 12 years. Albatrosses pair for life and take many years to find a new mate if their partner is killed - if they find a new partner at all. They can only breed one chick at a time and several species breed once every two years.
19 of the world's 21 albatross species are seriously threatened by long-line fishing, a method commonly used by commercial fishing fleets where the boats set fishing lines that can stretch for 130 kilometers (or 80 miles) into the ocean. Each line carries thousands and thousands of hooks baited with squid and fish. These attract albatrosses, which get caught, dragged below the water and drown. Albatrosses are exceptionally vulnerable to the impacts of long-lining as they cannot breed fast enough to cope with the rate at which they are being killed.
The Save the Albatross Campaign can help stop the magnificent albatross from becoming extinct by raising the funds necessary to work with fishermen on shore and at sea to show & encourage the use of various methods to stop them killing albatrosses. This is expensive and time consuming and it needs a dedicated team of people - the Albatross Task Force team.
If you can help us act now. The Save the Albatross campaign can help stop albatrosses from becoming extinct. Your money can fund the Albatross Task Force team and their urgent work to train fishermen to keep seabirds off the hook.
For more information, please visit www.savethealbatross.net