Life on the open seas is tough, but these ocean explorers are used to the towering waves, howling winds and blizzards. What’s causing them real problems is when they meet us as we search for fish. Albatrosses mainly feed on squid and fish at the surface of the water. But bait on long fishing lines or discarded fish around boats is pretty tempting too.
When they try to grab an easy meal, many become caught by baited hooks and drown, while others are fatally struck by the cables that tow nets. This is known as bycatch and is the biggest marine threat to albatrosses globally. It is the main reason their numbers continue to drop catastrophically - 15 out of the 22 albatross species remain threatened with extinction.