Short-tailed Albatross

Further readings on the Short-tailed Albatross and Torishima Island

Update: January 16, 2019

Literature and website links on the Short-tailed Albatross, endangered species for which Yamashina Institute for Ornithology is carrying out conservation activities, and their breeding ground Torishima Island in Izu Island chain are introduced here. Much of the pages on Short-tailed Albatross in this website have been written based on these references.

Papers and articles by staff members of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology


  1. *Rachael A. Orben, Amelia J. O’Connor, Robert M. Suryan, Kiyoaki Ozaki, Fumio Sato, Tomohiro Deguchi. 2018. Ontogenetic changes in at-sea distributions of immature short-tailed albatrosses Phoebastria albatrus. Endangered Species Research, 35: 23-37.
  2. *Masaki Eda, Hiroe Izumi, Satoshi Konno, Miwa Konno, Fumio Sato. 2016. Assortative mating in two populations of Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus on Torishima. Ibis 158, 868–875.
  3. *T. Deguchi. 2014. Short-tailed Albatross. Reviced edition, Endangered Wildlife in Japan (4th Edition Red List), Ministry of the Environment. (In Japanese)
  4. *T. Deguchi. 2011. Revival from extinction, Short-tailed Albatross, Tori no Seitai Zukan (Ecological guide of birds) (supervised by S. Yamagishi), Gakushu-kenkyusha, pp 8-9. (In Japanese)

Reintroduction to Ogasawara Islands

  1. *T. Deguchi. 2018. The Conservation of Endangered Albatross Species. Discuss Japan, Japan Foreign Policy Forum. (English ver.) 保存濒危的信天翁(Chinese ver.)
  2. T. Deguchi, F. Sato, M. Eda, H. Izumi, H. Suzuki, R. M. Suryan, E. W. Lance, H. Hasegawa, K. Ozaki. 2017. Translocation and hand-rearing result in short-tailed albatrosses returning to breed in the Ogasawara Islands 80 years after extirpation. Animal Conservation 20: 341-349.
  3. *T. Deguchi. 2016. Ahou-dori no Ijyu keikaku (Translocatation plan of Short-tailed Albatross). Bunkazai no Hogo 49:10-16, Tokyo Metropolitan Government. (In Japanese)
  4. *Naoko Emura, Wataru Furuya, Haruko Ando, Tomohiro Deguchi. 2015. Monitoring of Avifauna to Estimate the Effect of Ecological Restoration in Mukojima, Bonin Islands. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 46: 89-100.
  5. *T. Minami (Author). 2015. Boku-wa Ahou-dori no Oya ni Naru (I became a parent of Short-tailed Albatross) (Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, supervisor). 160pp. Kaisei-sha. (In Japanese)
  6. *Tomohiro Deguchi, Robert M. Suryan, Kiyoaki Ozaki. 2014. Muscle damage and behavioral consequences from prolonged handling of albatross chicks from transmitter attachment. Journal of Wildlife Management 78: 1302-1309.
  7. *Tomohiro Deguchi, Robert M. Suryan, Kiyoaki Ozaki, Judy F. Jacobs, Fumio Sato, Noboru Nakamura and Gregory R. Balogh (2014). Translocation and hand-rearing of the short-tailed albatross Phoebastria albatrus: early indicators of success for species conservation and island restoration . Oryx, 48, pp 195-203. doi:10.1017/S0030605313000094.
  8. *Guy TJ, Jennings SL, Suryan RM, Melvin EF, Bellman MA, Anderson DJ, Ballance LT, Blackie BA, Croll DA, Deguchi T, Geernaert TO, Henry RW, Hester M, Hyrenbach KD, Jahncke J, Ozaki K, Roletto J, Sato F, Shaffer SA, Sydeman WJ, and Zamon JE. 2013. Spatial overlap of North Pacific albatrosses with the U.S. west coast groundfish fishery. Fisheries Research 147: 222-234.
  9. *Judy Jacobs, Tomohiro Deguchi, Lyndon Perriman and Elizabeth Flint. 2013. Guidelines for translocations of surface-nesting albatrosses and petrels. 1st meeting of ACAP population and conservation status working group documents.
  10. *T. Deguchi. 2013. Ogasawara eno Ahou-dori saidonyu project (Project to reintroduct Short-tailed Albatrosses in Ogasawara Islands). Wild Life Forum. 17: 9-11. (In Japanese)
  11. *Tomohiro Deguchi, Judy Jacobs, Tomoko Harada, Lyndon Perriman, Yuki Watanabe, Fumio Sato, Noboru Nakamura, Kiyoaki Ozaki, Gregory Balogh. 2012. Translocation and hand-rearing techniques for the restoration of endangered albatross colony. Bird Conservation International 22: 66-81.
  12. *K. Ozaki. 2011. Ahou-dori no Tabi - Waka-dori no Eisei Tuiseki -(Migration of Short-tailed Albatross -Tracking young birds by satellite transmitters) . Green Letter 33: 12-15. (In Japanese)
  13. *T. Deguchi. 2011. Ogasawara eno Ahou-dori saidonyu project (Project to reintroduct Short-tailed Albatrosses in Ogasawara Islands). News letter of Japanese Society for Preservation of Birds. Watashi-tachi no Shizen. 569: 5-7. (In Japanese)
  14. *T. Deguchi. 2011. Ogasawara eno Ahou-dori saidonyu keikaku (Project to reintroduct Short-tailed Albatrosses in Ogasawara Islands). Kagaku 81: 777. (In Japanese)
  15. *T. Deguchi. 2010. Ahou-dori saidonyu, ijyu-keikaku (Reintroduction and translocation plan of Short-tailed Albatrosses), Seitai-gaku karamita Yasei-seibutsu no Hogo to Horitsu (Conservation and law of wildlige viewed from ecology) (The Nature Conservation Society of Japan, edior). pp. 96-97. Kodansha Scientific. (In Japanese)
  16. *T. Deguchi. 2009. Zekkai no koto eno saidonyu -Ahou-dori-, Nihon no kicho chorui wo mamoru (Reintroduction to the isolated island -Short-tailed albatross-). Pages 23-47 in S. Yamagishi, editor. Protection of Japanese endangered birds. Kyoto University Press, Kyoto, Japan. (in Japanese)
  17. *T. Deguchi. 2009. Ahou-dori no Ogasawara ijyu ni mata ippo: Mukojima iso no 15wa sudachi seiko (One more step to Short-tailed Albatrosses colony restration in Ogasawara Islands: 15 birds translocated to Mukojima fledged successfully). Iden 63: 72-75. (In Japanese)
  18. *T. Deguchi. 2008. Ahou-dori no Ogasawara ijyu sakusen (Project to translocate Short-tailed Albatrosses in Ogasawara Islands). Iden 62: 79-83. (In Japanese)
  19. *T. Harada, T. Deguchi, Brenda Zaun,Rachel S.Sprague,Judy Jacobs. 2008. Ko-Ahou-dori no jinko-shiiku jikken (An Artificial Rearing Experiment of Laysan Albatross Chicks). Journal of Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 39: 87-100. (In Japanese)
  20. *T. Deguchi. 2006. Ahou-dori no Ogasawara-shoto eno ijyu sakusen (Project to reintroduct Short-tailed Albatrosses in Ogasawara Islands). Warera chikyu kazoku (Edited by Yamashina Institute for Ornithology). NHK Publishing. pp107-114. (In Japanese)

After initiation of the Operation Decoy (the Short-tailed Albatross in Torishima)

  1. *R. M. Suryan, K. S. Dietrich, E. F. Melvin, G. R. Balough, F. Sato, and K. Ozaki, 2007. Migratory routes of short-tailed albatrosses: Use of exclusive economic zones of North Pacific Rim countries and spatial overlap with commercial fisheries in Alaska. Biological Conservation, 137(3): 450-460.
    A research on the relationship between the migration routes of Short-tailed Albatrosses determined using satellite telemetry and the exclusive economic zones of surrounding countries.
  2. *R. M. Suryan, F. Sato, G. R. Balogh, K. D. Hyrenbach, P. R. Sievert, and K. Ozaki, 2006. Foraging destinations and marine habitat use of short-tailed albatrosses: A multi-scale approach using first passage time analysis. Deep Sea Research II, 53: 370-386.
    Satellite tracking of Short-tailed Albatrosses during the non-breeding season.
  3. *T. Kunisue, S. Nakanishi, N. Oka, F. Sato, M. Tsurumi, and S. Tanabe, 2006. Dioxins and Related Compounds in Albatrosses from the Torishima Island, Japan: Accumulation Features by Growth Stage and Toxicological Implications. Environmental Science and Technology, 40: 6919-6927..
    A research investigating dioxin accumulation in eggs, nestlings and adults of Black-footed and Short-tailed Albatrossess in Torishima Island.
  4. *K. Momose, F. Sato, A. Kajita and K. Saito, 2003. Observations of Breeding Activity of Short-tailed Albatross Diomedea albatrus by Satellite Portable Phone. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 34(2):314-319. (in Japanese with an English abstract)
    A report of observation of the Short-tailed Albatross by an unmanned remote monitoring camera using satellite portable phones.
  5. *F. Sato, K. Momose, M. Tsurumi, T. Hiraoka, A. Mitamura and T. Baba, 1998. The First Breeding Success in the Short-tailed Albatross Colony Restoration Project on Tori-shima, Using Decoys and Vocal Lure. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 30(1): 1-21. + plate 1. (in Japanese with an English abstract)
    A paper reporting on the first breeding success of the Short-tailed Albatross by the Operation Decoy.

After initiation of the Operation Decoy (other than Torishima or Short-tailed Albatross)

  1. *T. Iwaki, Y. Yokohata, H. Kajigaya, F. Sato, and T. Hiraoka, 2006. Tetrabothrius sp. (Cestoda: Tetrabothriidae) and Stegophorus stellaepolaris (Nematoda: Acuariidae) Collected from a Short-tailed Albatross (Diomedea albatrus). Japanese Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 11(2): 83-86. (in Japanese with an English abstract)
    A report on cestodes and nematodes collected from a dead Short-tailed Albatross in Torishima Island.
  2. *M. Tsurumi, H. Kawabata and F. Sato, 2002. Present Status and Epidemiological Investigation of Carios (Ornithodoros) capensis in the Colony of the Black-footed Albatross Diomedea nigripes on Torishima, Izu Islands. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 34(1): 250-256.
    A report on a tick species parasitic in seabirds in Torishima Island.
  3. *M. Tsurumi, F. Sato, T. Hiraoka and R. Maeyama, 2001. Recent Evidence of Probable Breeding of the Japanese Murrelet Synthliboramphus wumizusume on Tori-shima, Izu Islands, Japan. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 33:54-57.
    A recent record of probable breeding of the Japanese Murrelet in Torishima.
  4. *N. Oka, T. Yagi, & M. Yamamuro, 1997. Nutritional Autopsy of a Short-tailed Albatross (Diomedea albatrus) Weakened by Fishhook, Washed Ashore in Central Honshu, Japan. Journal of Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 29(1): 67-72.
    Nutritional ecology research on a Short-tailed Albatross that died after being rescued in Shizuoka prefecture.
  5. *S. V. Edwards, M. C. Silva, T. Burg, V. Friesen and K. I. Warheit. (2000). Molecular genetic markers in the analysis of seabird bycatch populations. In Seabird Bycatch: Trends, Roadblocks and Solutions. (ed. E. Melvin and J. Parrish), pp. 115-140: Alaska Seagrant Program.
    Genetic analysis of Black-footed Albatross population in Torishima and other Pacific islands.
  6. *K. Hayashi, H. Ogi, M. Tsurumi and F. Sato, 1997. Present Status and Conservation of Black-footed Albatross Population in the North Pacific and on Torishima, Journal of Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 29(2): 97-101. (in Japanese with an English abstract)
    Current status of the Black-footed Albatross.
  7. *H. Ogi, F. Sato, A. Mitamura, T. Baba and H. Oyama, 1994. A Survey of Black-footed Albatross Breeding Colonies and Chicks on Torishima, January 1994. Journal of Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 26(2): 126-131.
    Breeding status of the Black-footed Albatross in Torishima Island.
  8. *H. Ogi, K. Momose, F. Sato and N. Baba, 1994. Plastic Particles Found in the Gizzard of a Starved Black-footed Albatross (Diomedea nigripes). Journal of Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 26(1): 77-80.
    A study on the plastic particles found in the gizzard of a Black-footed Albatross found dead in Ibaraki prefecture.

Postwar period, before the Operation Decoy

  1. *M. Yoshii, 1973. Buji data Ahodori (Short-tailed Albatrosses survived). Yacho, 38(9): 420-424. (in Japanese)
    A report of a visit to Torishima Island in 1973 when Yoshii accompanied Dr. W. L. N. Tickell, a British albatross researcher.
  2. The above three reports include bird banding report of Short-tailed Albatrosses in the early 1960s.
  3. *M. Yosii and Y. Hasuo, 1964. Fourth annual report on the bird ringing for the year ending 31st March 1965. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 4(3/4): 163-171. (in Japanese with an English abstract)
  4. *M. Uramoto, 1963. 2nd annual report on the bird ringing for the year ending 31st March 1963. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 3(5): 303-310. (in Japanese with an English abstract)
  5. *M. Uramoto, 1962. 1st annual report on the bird ringing scheme for the year ending 31st March 1962. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 3(3): 138-143. (in Japanese with an English abstract)

Prewar period

  1. *N. Yamada, 1985. Tancho-ki – 50 sunen maeno choruiseitai kenkyu soshi no kiroku (In search of birds – beginnings of the avian ecology research some 50 years ago). Sangaku Publishing, Tokyo, 211 pp.
    It is a record of Yamada's field researches while belonging to the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in the beginning of the Showa-era. The first chapter is dedicated to his memories of researches in Torishima Island, which explains the banding researches of the Short-tailed Albatross in Torishima at that time.
  2. *Y. Yamashina 1942. Izu Shichito no Chorui (Birds of the Seven Islands of Izu). Tori, 11(53-54): 191-271. (in Japanese)
    A report on avian species of Izu Islands whose findings are compiled by species. It is a valuable document reporting on the reduction in the Short-tailed Albatross population before the war.
  3. *Y. Yamashina 1931. Torishima Kikou (A Travel to Torishima). Tori, 31:5-10. (in Japanese)
    A report of a visit to Torishima in January 1929. It describes situation of various avian species including the Short-tailed Albatross.

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Papers, articles, and books by Hasegawa Hiroshi

Dr. Hasegawa Hiroshi has written many papers, articles, and books on the Short-tailed Albatross including popular ones. His representative works are presented here.

  1. *H. Hasegawa, 2015. Okinotayu no Shima de (At the island of the Short-tailed Albatross: Stay in a desert island -Short-tailed Albatross research diary) Tokyo, 234+12pp. (in Japanese)
  2. *H. Hasegawa, 2007. Ogata Umidori Ahodori no Hogo (Conservation of a Large Seabird, the Short-tailed Albatross). In S. Yamagishi (ed.), Hozen Choruigaku (Conservation Ornithology). Kyoto University Press, Kyoto, pp. 89-104. (in Japanese)
    It elaborates on the Short-tailed Albatross conservation based on population ecology after the author started his research in 1976, and discusses the current issues and future prospects on the reintroduction plan to Ogasawara Islands.
  3. *H. Hasegawa, 2006. Ahodori ni Muchu (Passionate about Albatross). Shin-nihon Shuppan, Tokyo, 182pp. (in Japanese)
    It introduces the history of his conservation activities including the success of the Operation Decoy in Torishima and the future reintroduction plan to Ogasawara Islands.
  4. *H. Hasegawa, 2006. Ogasawara Shoto ni Ahodori no Daisan Hanshokuchi wo! Fukkatsuni Mukete Hoppu Suteppu Jampu (Let's make the third breeding ground of the Short-tailed Albatross in Ogasawara Islands! Hop, step and jump to revival!). Dobutsu to Dobutsuen (Animals and Zoos), 58(1):4-13. (in Japanese)
    An overview of the history of the Short-tailed Albatross and the reintroduction plan to Ogasawara Islands.
  5. *H. Hasegawa, 2003. 50 wa Kara 5000 wa e (From 50 to 5000). Dobutsu-sha, Tokyo, 222pp. (in Japanese)
    Compilation of articles written by the author. It includes the above mentioned papers in the journals such as "Kaiyo to Seibutsu (Aquabiology)", "Science Journal Kagaku" and "Iden (Heredity)", and is a useful reference.
  6. *H. Hasegawa, 1999. Ahodori wa Fukkatsusuruka (Will the Short-tailed Albatross be Restored). Iden (Heredity), 53(4): 86-89; 53(5): 54-58. (in Japanese)
    Considers problems outside of the conservation activities in Torishima Island, such as fisheries bycatch and plastic litters.
  7. *H. Hasegawa, 1997. Ahodori wa Yomigaeruka (Will the Short-tailed Albatross be Revived). Science Journal Kagaku, 67(3): 211-218. (in Japanese)
    It describes the environmental conservation of Tsubamezaki breeding ground and the Operation Decoy in Hatsunezaki in Torishima Island as two pillars, and discusses future prospects.
  8. *H. Hasegawa, 1995. Kaze ni Nore! Ahodori (Ride on the Wind! Short-tailed Albatross). Froebel-kan, Tokyo, 104pp. (in Japanese)
    Ecology of Short-tailed Albatross and its conservation activities are introduced with beautiful photographs together with the narrative of author's life. It is a children's book but is also informative for adults.
  9. *H. Hasegawa, 1984. Status and Conservation of Seabirds in Japan, with Special Attention to the Short-tailed Albatross,  ICBP Technical Publication, 2: 487-500.
    It introduces seabirds of Japan, and includes the status of the Short-tailed Albatross at the time.
  10. *H. Hasegawa and A. R. DeGange, 1982. The Short-tailed Albatross, Diomedea albatrus, its status, distribution and natural history. American Birds, 36(5): 806-814.
    It covers history, distribution, ecology and conservation issues regarding the Short-tailed Albatross. It was published before the Operation Decoy but is a useful document in English language efficiently compiled for the public.
  11. *H. Hasegawa, 1979. Ahodori – Sono Rekishi to Genjo (I)(II) (Short-tailed Albatross, its distribution and status (I)(II)). Kaiyo to Seibutsu (Aquabiology), 1(4): 18-22; 1(5): 30-35.
    The history of population decline of the species, and historical distribution outside of Torishima Island were studied based on literature review. (in Japanese)

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Other references

Listed below are useful and often referred-to articles and books for understanding the Short-tailed Albatross and its conservation, published after the beginning of Meiji-era (ie. after 1868) and not including those written by the staff members of Yamashina Institute for Ornithology or Hiroshi Hasegawa.

  1. *S. Yamamoto, 2002. Ahodori Sai-hakken no Ano Hi (That day – the rediscovery of Short-tailed Albatrosses). Yamashina Choken News. 14(3):2-3.
    A memoir of the rediscovery by the discoverer.
  2. *W. L. N. Tickel, 2000. Albatrosses. Pica Press, 448pp.
    An extensive monograph on the biology including classification, ecology and behavior of all species of the world's albatrosses.
  3. *S. W. Kress, 1997. Using Animal Behavior for Conservation.: Case Studies in Seabird Restoration from the Maine Coast, USA. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, 29: 1-26.
    It presents the reintroduction efforts of Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern and Roseate Tern in the eastern USA as the case study of restoration of breeding grounds using decoys and vocal lures.
  4. *K. Sao, R. Tango, and M. Nemoto (eds.) 1995. Purasuchikku no Umi – Obiyakasareru Umi no Ikimono Tachi (Sea of Plastics – Threatened Sea Animals). Ocean Engineering Research, Tokyo, 302 pp. (in Japanese)
    Current status of sea pollution by plastics and its impacts on sea animals are explained for the public.
  5. *Umo Bunkashi Kenkyukai (Study Group on the Cultural History of Feathers), 1993. Umo to Shingu no Hanashi (Story on Feathers and Bedding). Nihon Keizai Hyoronsha, Tokyo, 202pp. (in Japanese)
    It describes feather harvesting as the export industry of Meiji and Taisho-era Japan in its chapter "Umi wo Watatta Nihonsan Umo (Japanese feathers that crossed the ocean)" by Sumako Oku.
  6. *S. W. Kress, 1978. Establishing Atlantic Puffins at a Former Breeding Site. in S. A. Temple, ed. Endangered Birds: Management Techniques for Preserving Threatened Species. Univ. of Wisconsin Press. Pp.373-377.
    It briefly introduces reintroduction of Atlantic Puffins in Maine USA to their former breeding ground using decoys.
  7. *H. I. Fisher, 1971. Experiments on homing in Laysan Albatrosses, Diomedea immutabilis. Condor, 73: 689-400.
    Transportation experiment of Laysan Albatross chicks. It showed the return rate after 3 years depends on the age at which chicks are transported to another site. This previous study is the scientific basis for the reintroduction plan of the Short-tailed Albatross to Ogasawara Islands.
  8. *S. Ikehara and M. Shimojana, 1971. Senkaku Retto no Rikujo Seibutsu (Terrestrial Animals of Senkaku Islands). In Senkaku Islands Research Group of the University of the Ryukyus (eds.), Scientific Reports of the Surveys in the Senkaku Islands. University of the Ryukyus. (in Japanese)
    It is the report of the Senkaku Islands survey in 1971. They recorded Short-tailed Albatrosses in Minamikojima Island.
  9. *Japan Meteorological Agency Torishima Club Editorial Committee (ed.), 1967. Torishima. Toko Shoin, Tokyo, 127pp.
    A compilation of texts by staff members of the Meteorological Agency and others on the history, nature, meteorology of Torishima. Yoshimaro Yamashina contributed a short article named "Short-tailed Albatross in Torishima"
  10. *I. Fujisawa, 1967. Ahodori (Short-tailed Albatross). Toko Sho-in, Tokyo, 169pp.
    It is an observation record of Short-tailed Albatrosses in Torishima by the staff of the meteorological agency. It introduces Short-tailed Albatrosses with many black-and-white photographs.
  11. *E. Watanabe, 1963. Torishima no Ahodori (Short-tailed Albatross in Torishima). In Japan Meteorological Agency (ed.), Meteorological Data and Report of Marcus and Torishima Islands. Japan Meteorological Agency, Tokyo, pp. 156-168.
    It is a record of observation on the biology of Short-tailed Albatrosses by the meteorological agency staff. This report includes meteorological data and a geological map of Torishima as well as "Insect-fauna of Torishima" (Y. Watanabe) and "Landscape and vegetation of Torishima" (Y. Jotani).
  12. *Y. Ono, 1955. Torishima no Tori (Status of birds on Torishima, particularly of the Steller's Albatross). Tori, 14(66): 24-32.+ plate I. (in Japanese)
    It is a report of Torishima written soon after the rediscovery.
  13. *S. Yamamoto,1954. Torishima no Ahodori (The Steller's Albatross on Torishima), Sokko Jiho (Weather Service Bulletin), 21(8):232-233.+plate. (in Japanese)
    It is the first report on the rediscovery of Short-tailed Albatross in 1951 by the discoverer himself.
  14. *O. L. Austin, 1949. The Status of Steller's Albatross. Pacific Science, 3:283-295.
    It strongly suspects the extinction of the Short-tailed Albatross based on a trip to Izu and Ogasawara Islands in search of this species in the spring of 1949 (so-called extinction declaration). It reports on the ecology and history of population decline.
  15. *T. Hattori, 1889. Torishima Bakadori no Hanashi (Story of the Fool-bird in Torishima). Dobutsugaku Zasshi (Zoological Magazine) , 1(12):405-411. (in Japanese)
    It is the first account on the Short-tailed Albatross in Torishima Island written by a scientist. It describes the situation of Torishima in 1887 and is a valuable document for knowing Torishima at the time when numerous Short-tailed Albatrosses existed.

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Literary writing

Some well-known literary writings in which Torishima and the Short-tailed Albatross appear are introduced here.

  1. *Masuji Ibuse. Jon Manjiro Hyoryuki (John Manjiro, the Cast-Away: His Life and Adventures) ("Sazanami Gunki, Jon Manjiro Hyoryuki", Shincho Bunko Library, Shincho-sha Publishing, Tokyo.) (in Japanese)
    A novel on the life of Manjiro Nakahama. It describes Torishima when Manjiro first landed on the island.
  2. *Jiro Nitta. Koto (The Isolated Island) ("Gorikiden, Koto", Shincho Bunko Library, Shincho-sha Publishing, Tokyo) (in Japanese)
    A short story on the life at the meteorological observatory in Torishima. It includes the episode of rediscovery of the Short-tailed Albatrosses.
  3. *Jiro Nitta. Hi no Shima (The Island of Fire), Shincho Bunko Library, Shincho-sha Publishing, Tokyo, out of print. (in Japanese)
    A novel describing the withdrawal of the meteorological observatory from Torishima due to a series of earthquakes in 1965.
  4. *Akira Yoshimura. Hyoryu (Drifting) ), Shincho Bunko Library, Shincho-sha Publishing, Tokyo. (in Japanese)
    A novel about Chohei, a fisherman of Edo-era who drifted to Torishima and returned alive.

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  1. Hiroshi Hasegawa, Ahodori Fukkatsu eno Kiseki (Short-tailed albatross and its way to recovery) (in Japanese)
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Short-Tailed Albatross Recovery Plan (pdf file)
  3. Fisheries Research Agency, Incidental Capture and Management of Seabird Species (albatrosses) (PDF file in Japanese)
  4. BirdLife International, Save the Albatross (fishery bycatch prevention)
  5. *Suntory Save the Birds Activity
    Thank you to many people who have supported us through the Suntory Albatross Fund. We also received grants for the Short-tailed Albatross conservation activities through a charitable trust "Suntory Fund for Birds Conservation".
     >> Save the Birds Top (in Japanese)
     >> Save the Albatross (in Japanese)
     >> Suntory Fund for Birds Conservation (in Japanese)
  6. *Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Environment Fund
    We receive a three year grant for "Relocation and breeding of albatross chicks on Mukojima Island in the Ogasawara(Bonin) Islands".
     >> Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Environment Fund Website
    Providing us assistance with the remote monitoring camera
     >> Environmental effort (in Japanese)
  8. Argos System
    Radio transmitters are attached on wild animals and birds such as the Short-tailed Albatross and their migration routes and home ranges are tracked by satellites.