Story: Seabirds – overview

The Snares Islands

To the south of New Zealand lie the Snares Islands, named because they were a trap for ships sailing along the roaring forties. However, these tiny islands and rock stacks are a haven for seabirds. They provide a variety of breeding habitats such as rock ledges and bush-covered soil, and they have remained free of mammalian predators. Because the Snares are near the convergence of cool subantarctic and warmer subtropical waters, and on the edge of a plateau swept by currents from the Tasman Sea, the islands are surrounded with nutrient-rich waters and plenty of fish and squid.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Seabirds – overview - Seabird capital of the world', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/5466/the-snares-islands (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015