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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Case closed on deaths of racing albatrosses.

Case closed on deaths of racing albatrosses. 10/11/2005. ABC News Online

Scientists have given up trying to find out why all the albatrosses died in this year's big bird race from Tasmania.

The Big Bird Race is flown annually to raise awareness of the perils facing albatrosses, such as long-line fishing and starvation.

Fledgling Tasmanian shy albatrosses are fitted with tracking devices and punters bet on which bird will reach South Africa first.

This year, all the birds died shortly after leaving three small islands off Tasmania in May.

Since then, researchers have been trying to work out why.

But a spokesman for the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment, says the case has now been closed, without any clear answers.

He says the data from the race will be used as part of continued monitoring of albatross population trends.



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