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#RoyalCam gets up close with nesting albatross

John Kerr posted in on January 26th, 2016.

A family of Northern royal albatross nesting on the Otago Peninsula have become internet stars thanks to a 24-7 live web cam set up by the Department of Conservation. The Department launched the #royalcam at Taiaroa Head — the world’s only mainland Albatross colony — today. The camera is trained on the nest of a […]

Seabird plastic ingestion bad, getting worse – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on September 2nd, 2015.

By 2050 it will be almost impossible to find a seabird that hasn’t eaten plastic, predicts a new Australian study. The research, published in the journal PNAS, assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world’s seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins. Based on analysis of published studies since the early 1960s, the […]

Rena oil disaster looms

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2011.

The grounding of the Rena container ship on the Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty poses a substantial environmental threat and has recovery teams scrambling to avert disaster. The Liberian-flagged container ship,  Rena, crashed into the Astrolabe Reef near Motiti island, offshore from Tauranga, on Wednesday. Since then it is estimated that 10-100 tones […]

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