7 Jul 2017

Critter of the Week: The Northern Giant Petrel

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:25 pm on 7 July 2017

DoC's Nicola Toki reckons Giant petrels are truly the vultures of the sea. "I have seen them landing on a dead whale in Foveaux Strait and eating it".

Unlike other species in their family, they walk strongly on land, and are just as happy eating dead seals and penguins on land, as they are feeding at sea. They can dive up to two metres.

Northern Giant Petrel

Northern Giant Petrel Photo: supplied

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