By Sam Ikin
Updated yesterday at 10:23pm
Spreading awareness of Tasmania's vulnerable species of sea bird, the shy albatross, is the key to keeping the species alive, a prominent scientist says.
From climate change, plastic ingestion, habitat loss or feral animals it is not difficult to understand why the shy albatross is somewhat withdrawn.
The native Tasmanian sea bird is currently listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Protection Act which why a prominent scientist wants Tasmanians to get to know the shy albatross better.
Species need to have their champions.
Wildlife officer with the Tasmanian parks department, Rachael Alderman, has been studying the giant birds since 2003 and said the data she had collected was not encouraging.
"There's been a general decline in breeding success, for every pair that lay an egg it's getting increasingly less likely that they'll have a surviving chick at the end of the year," she said.
"We're also finding that if they are successful ... fewer and fewer chicks are surviving that first period at sea and making it back."