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The Bermuda Petrel was thought to be extinct for 300 years. 18 nesting pairs were found in 1951, and thanks to extensive conservation efforts, their population is increasing.

The Bermuda Petrel was thought to be extinct for 300 years. 18 nesting pairs were found in 1951, and thanks to extensive conservation efforts, their population is increasing.

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Vagina_Woolf
Vagina_Woolf
6 months ago

We call them Cahows. They’re also probably the reason we don’t speak Portuguese here in Bermuda. The first ships to find the island (and survive the reefs to tell about it) were Portuguese sailors, but with the reefs littered with the bones of ships and the super scary noises of ghosts coming from the shores, they decided not to hang around. This earned the island the nickname The Isle of Devils. The ghosts of course weren’t ghosts but the Cahow.

Or so the story goes.

E: An interesting sidenote, one of the men responsible for their comeback has also been responsible for screwing up our eco-system. He introduced a species of heron, I think in the 70s, to make up for the extinction of our native species of heron in the 1600s, thinking it would re-balance the eco-system. Instead it wiped out our red crabs and messed up plenty of other populations.

PhDreaming
PhDreaming
6 months ago

Looks like someone tied a beak to a bunny’s bum.

Pardusco
Pardusco
6 months ago

Sources: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22698088/132624115

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_petrel

The population was initially reduced by sailors and the terrestrial animals they introduced to Bermuda. Fortunately, petrels spend most of their lives at sea and only return to land to breed.

Finishx
Finishx
6 months ago

Its beak reminds me of a dodo

SubliminalTrees
SubliminalTrees
6 months ago

Literally a flying cotton ball

Queen_of_Thighs
Queen_of_Thighs
6 months ago

At first glance, I thought this was a needle felted craft project.

BayshoreCrew
BayshoreCrew
6 months ago

It’s ugly and cute at the same time

ariadnev
ariadnev
6 months ago

Soooooo FLUFFY. I can’t handle it. 😍

cr125rider
cr125rider
6 months ago

CHONKYBIRD

ThatGuyInTheCornerEd
ThatGuyInTheCornerEd
6 months ago

He looks like an annoyed jelly bean

NigelandZen
NigelandZen
6 months ago

[Here’s a live cam of a Petrel chick] (https://youtu.be/AN_rHmK7nug)

urkillingme
urkillingme
6 months ago

Wool bird

Silove
Silove
6 months ago

Looks kinda like a pidgeon wrapped in scotch brite pads, cute tho.

SquirrelBrothel
SquirrelBrothel
6 months ago

Interesting-looking bird. I always enjoy a good conservation success story!

Pangolin007
Pangolin007
6 months ago

Aw, cute. Quick google search indicates this is a baby, they lose most of that fluff and become more streamlined-looking as adults.

djunktrunk
djunktrunk
6 months ago

Bermuda Petrel -> Bermuda Triangle -> no wonder they couldn’t be found…

chillszz
chillszz
6 months ago

Looks like dodo bird but small beek

plaregold
plaregold
6 months ago

How much of the animals that went extinct in the past 500 years are attributed to Western Europeans?

lethalWeeb
lethalWeeb
6 months ago

It looks like a downy crake

GreyReanimator
GreyReanimator
6 months ago

Aww look at the little cotton candy poof!

PernidaParknjas
PernidaParknjas
6 months ago

Outstanding

BlueDogXL
BlueDogXL
6 months ago

Why is he so *fluffyyyy*

birdmanbaby88
birdmanbaby88
6 months ago

My peeps over at r/birding will appreciate this

gehazi707
gehazi707
6 months ago

Oooohhhh, fluffy!

Hateismygame
Hateismygame
6 months ago

Up above the sea’s grey flatland, wind is gathering the clouds. In between the sea and clouds proudly soaring the Petrel, reminiscent of black lightning.

Glancing a wave with his wingtip, like an arrow dashing cloudward, he cries out and the clouds hear his joy in the bird’s cry of courage.

In this cry — thirst for the tempest! Wrathful power, flame of passion, certainty of being victorious the clouds hear in that bird’s cry.

Seagulls groan before the tempest, – groan, and race above the sea, and on its bottom they are ready to hide their fear of the storm.

And the loons are also groaning, – they, the loons, they cannot access the delight of life in battle: the noise of the clashes scares them.

The dumb penguin shyly hiding his fat body in the crevice . . . It is only the proud Petrel who soars ever bold and freely over the sea grey with sea foam!

Ever darker, clouds descending ever lower over the sea, and the waves are singing, racing to the sky to meet the thunder.
Thunder sounds. In foamy anger the waves groan, with wind in conflict. Now the wind firmly embraces flocks of waves and sends them crashing on the cliffs in wild fury, smashing into dust and seaspray all these mountains of emerald.

And the Petrel soars with warcries, reminiscent of black lightning, like an arrow piercing the clouds, with his wing rips foam from the waves.

So he dashes, like a demon, – proud, black demon of the tempest, – and he’s laughing and he’s weeping . . . it is at the clouds he’s laughing, it is with his joy he’s weeping!

In the fury of the thunder, the wise demon hears its weakness, and he’s certain that the clouds will not hide the sun – won’t hide it!
The wind howls . . . the thunder rolls . . .

Like a blue flame, flocks of clouds blaze up above the sea’s abyss. The sea catches bolts of lightning drowning them beneath its waters. Just like serpents made of fire, they weave in the water, fading, the reflections of this lightning.

-Tempest! Soon will strike the tempest!

That is the courageous Petrel proudly soaring in the lightning over the sea’s roar of fury; cries of victory the prophet:

-Let the tempest come strike harder!

a_way_out_
a_way_out_
6 months ago

s p h e r i c a l

Speedster4206
Speedster4206
6 months ago

Half size men still have to be weight.

SirChumpton
SirChumpton
6 months ago

Fun fact – they were extinct but those few flew through the Bermuda Triangle back when that was a thing and appeared here in 1951. Before then though they were extinct for about 300 years or so.

iloveanimals2748
iloveanimals2748
6 months ago

“Extensive conservation” = lots of sex

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