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Salvin's Mollymawk or Albatross (Thalassarche salvini, Diomedeidae: Albatrosses) Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

A medium sized 'shy' Albatross, the Salvin's Mollymawk or Albatross mostly breeds on New Zealand's Bounty and Snares Islands. From there it can be found over much of the southern Ocean from southern Africa to the southwest coast of South America. 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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