William Walker (National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, Washington, USA) and colleagues have published on-line and open-access in the journal Marine Ornithology on the stomach contents of by-caught Short-Tailed Albatrosses Phoebastria albatrus.
Prey identified included squid and fish. The paper concludes: “The results of our Short-tailed Albatross study … leads us to conclude that the Short-tailed Albatross probably … employs surface scavenging as a primary foraging strategy in the eastern Bering Sea and California Current System.”
Short-tailed Albatrosses at sea, photograph by Rob Suryan
Walker, W.A., Fitzgerald, S.M. & Collins, P.W. 2015. Stomach contents of seven Short-Tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus in the eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea. Marine Ornithology 43: 169-172.
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 17 October 2015