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Laysan albatross chicks awaiting return of their parents to an...

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Caption: Laysan albatross chicks awaiting return of their parents to an area overwashed by March 10 tsunami. If not located by parents, the young albatrosses will starve.
Scientific name: Phoebastria immutabilis
Location: Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Copyright: © 2011 Connie Toops
AGPix ID: AGPix_CoTo11_0816
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A dying Laysan albatross chick, washed from nest site by March 10 tsunami and undiscovered by parents.
© 2011 Connie Toops
Soon after the March 10 tsunami, clouds of flies appeared, covering dead birds and fish. Fly maggots were major decomposers, but also transmitted diseases.
© 2011 Connie Toops