The diet of the Laysan Albatross is believed to consist primarily of squid. A study of Albatross pellets from Guadalupe Island found that 99.7% of their diet consists of cephalopods, the rest fish. This is hard to know for certain, since other prey such as fish may not show up in the pellets collected by researchers. Squid have a hard beak that resists the digestive process. (Pitman 162) Instead of catching live squid, the Laysan albatross may scavenge dead squid floating on the ocean surface. This is supported by the fact that they eat primarily squid species that live in deep water but the females die after mating. The albatrosses have also been found to mostly forage during the day when squid do not surface and land in order to sleep at night. This further supports the theory that they scavenge their food. (Pitman 164) Unlike many albatross species they do not tend to follow ships in order to scavenge food. (Meseth 218)
- Pitman, Robert L. “Population Status, Foods and Foraging of Laysan Albatrosses Phoebastria Immutabilis Nesting on Gaudalupe Island, Mexico” Marine Ornithology 32: 159–165 (2004)
- Meseth, Earl H. The Dance of the Laysan Albatross, Diomedia Immutabilis Behavior LIV 3-4 (1975)
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