Head and body length: 84 - 89 cm, wingspan: approx. 200 cm
Males: approx 2.7 kg, females: approx. 2.4 kg
Estimated at 4,200
Ranges throughout South Atlantic and Indian Oceans
Gough Island Tristan da Cunha, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Prince Edward Island, Canada Marion Island, The Archipelago, ON, Canada Iles Crozet Grande Terre, French Southern and Antarctic Lands Île Amsterdam
Away from it all. When breeding season rolls around, the dark-mantled sooty albatross builds its nests on nearly inaccessible ledges in some of the most rugged and least visited islands of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. As a result of this seclusion, its life is largely shrouded in mystery. It is known, however, that the female lays but a single egg, which both parents take turns incubating. If a couple successfully raises a chick one year they will seldom breed again the following year. With a slow rate of reproduction and a perilously high rate of at sea mortality, the enigmatic seafarer is in danger of going away forever.