Northern Giant Petrel
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|Northern Giant Petrel|
Credits: Sea and Sky Project
Northern Giant Petrel are frequent visitors to the Patagonian Sea where 39% of the world population breed in South George and many sub-Antarctic islands. Classified as near threatened by IUCN in 2008, this species follows fishing fleets to feed on discarded by-catch and is exposed to risk when tyring to eat the bait on fishing lines. The Northern Giant Petrel is an opportunistic bird, with mainly scavenging habits. It is also a predator with a diving depth of 2 meters when seeking its prey.