The sooty albatrosses seen within New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone are almost exclusively light-mantled-sooty-albatrosses (Phobetria palpebrata). The sooty albatross (Phoebetria fusca) enters New Zealand waters, but breeds far away from New Zealand on islands in the Indian and Atlantic oceans.
Mean number of sooty albatrosses recorded around fishing vessels during
counts carried out by government observers, binned to 0.4 degree of longitude and latitude. The size
of the circle indicates the number of observations, whereas the colour indicates the
mean number of birds recorded during counts. Empty circles indicate that no birds were observed. The grey
areas indicate water depths of less than 1000 m.