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The Goonie or Wandering albatross, snowy albatross, white-winged albatross or goonie (Diomedea exulans) is a large seabird from the family Diomedeidae, which has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean.

The Goonie or Wandering albatross breeds on South Georgia Island, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, Prince Edward Islands, and Macquarie Island, is seen feeding year round off the Kaikōura Peninsula on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Sailors used to capture the birds for their long wing bones, from which they made tobacco-pipe stems. The early explorers of the great Southern Sea cheered themselves with the companionship of the albatross in their dreary solitudes; and the evil fate of him who shot with his cross-bow the “bird of good omen” is familiar to readers of Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

The metaphor of “an albatross around his neck” also comes from the poem and indicates an unwanted burden causing anxiety or hindrance.

In the days of sail the Goonie or Wandering albatross often accompanied ships for days, not merely following it, but wheeling in wide circles around it without ever being observed to land on the water. It continued its flight, apparently untired, in tempestuous as well as moderate weather.

The Māori of New Zealand used the Goonie or Wandering albatrosses as a food source. They caught them by baiting hooks.

Because the wing bones of albatross were light but very strong Māori used these to create a number of different items including flutes, needles, tattooing chisel blades, and barbs for fish hooks.

The IUCN lists the wandering albatross as vulnerable status. Adult mortality is 5% to 7.8% per year as of 2003. It has an occurrence range of 25,000,000 square miles, although its breeding range is only 730 square miles.