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2011-04-04 10:51:33

At least 300 penguins have died in the south Atlantic after a cargo ship leaked thousands of tons of heavy oil, diesel fuel and soya bean near Nightingale Island, a British territory part of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. "I've seen about 15 to 20 dead penguins just today. The danger now is getting the rest of these penguins past that oil slick," director Trevor Glass told CNN. Local officials and conservationists claim that thousands more are covered in the ships' oil and diesel fuel. A...

2009-01-15 14:48:39

Environmentalists say the British government is not doing enough to prevent the extinction of northern rockhopper penguins. The birds are vanishing from the British territory of St. Helena in the South Atlantic at a rate of 100 birds every day. The Times of London said about 2 million northern rockhopper penguins have disappeared from Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island over the past five decades. Ornithologists say they don't know why the birds are disappearing so quickly. The newspaper said...

2006-01-25 13:01:27

LONDON (Reuters) - Land snails, not the quickest of creatures, managed to travel from Europe to remote islands in the South Atlantic by hitching rides on birds. Scientists had assumed that snails living on the Tristan da Cunha islands midway between South Africa and Brazil were a different species from those in Europe but researchers in the Netherlands and Britain have shown they belong to the same family. "Land snails, which we normally think of as being rather slow moving, can...

2006-01-25 13:00:00

LONDON -- Land snails, not the quickest of creatures, managed to travel from Europe to remote islands in the South Atlantic by hitching rides on birds. Scientists had assumed that snails living on the Tristan da Cunha islands midway between South Africa and Brazil were a different species from those in Europe but researchers in the Netherlands and Britain have shown they belong to the same family. "Land snails, which we normally think of as being rather slow moving, can actually disperse...

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2005-07-26 05:50:00

JOHANNESBURG -- "Monster mice" are eating meter-high albatross chicks alive, threatening rare bird species on a remote south Atlantic island seen as the world's most important seabird colony. Conservation groups say the avian massacre is occurring on Gough Island in the South Atlantic, a British territory about 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) southwest of Cape Town and home to more than 10 million birds. "Gough Island hosts an astonishing community of seabirds and this catastrophe could make many...


Latest Tristan da Cunha Reference Libraries

Geography Of Tristan Da Cunha
2013-04-19 20:51:41

Tristan da Cunha is an archipelago of five islands within the southern Atlantic Ocean, the biggest of which is the island of Tristan da Cunha itself and the second-biggest, the isolated bird haven Gough Island. It creates a portion of a wider territory named Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha which incorporates Saint Helena and Ascension Island. The main island, Tristan da Cunha, is fairly mountainous; the only flat area is the location of the capital, Edinburgh of the Seven...

Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, Thalassarche chlororhynchos
2012-12-27 15:26:00

The Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross is a member of the albatross family. It is a large sea bird sometimes called a “mollymawk”. It was once thought to be conspecific with the Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross and known as the Yellow-nosed Albatross. Some of the authorities still believe that species are the same, such as Jeff Clements and the SACC, which sees that a proposal is needed. A mollymawk is a type of albatross that belong to the Diomedeidae family and come from the...

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