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Southern Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora, Diomedeidae: Albatrosses) Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

Largest of the Great Albatosses, with a wingspan of 3.6m the huge Southern Royal Albatross breeds on New Zealand's Campbell and Auckland Islands. From there it circumnavigates the entire southern Ocean between 36 and 63° south. Filmed at Kaikoura on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island; a special place to see pelagic seabirds. This is because of the Kermadec Trench, formed by the subduction of Pacific plate under the Australian Plate is a few km offshore. This brings up cold, nutrient rich water from the depths, attracting the birds of the Southern Ocean close to shore. Also see for the pelagic experience.

Filmed from a boat operated by Albatross Encounter of Kaikoura.
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