Deceased male short-tailed albatross Midway Atoll 12.13.2014 Photo by: Penny Knuckles/USFWS
Refuge Biologist Meg Duhr-Shultz, takes measurements and acquires tissue samples on a deceased male short-tailed albatross found on Midway Atoll's Eastern Island on 12.13.2014. This magnificent bird is a surviving off-spring from one of thousands that once soared the Pacific Ocean before the turn-of-the-century. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping that an analysis of this rare bird can tell us more about the cause of death and further our understanding of the species.
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