Written after watching a documentary on the slaughter of Albatross as a result of long-line fishing. Although some countries have changed their practices to lessen the deaths of the birds they are still at an unacceptable level. SOSSO, Southern Ocean Seabird Study Association of Wollongong runs regular study trips off the coast of Wollongong. Recently I took part on one of these as a 'tripper'. I am full of admiration for these dedicated professionals and amateurs who do so much for sea bird health and survival. Being up close at 'hugging level to an Albatross was worth the seasickness. Thanks to Evan Mathieson for the autoharp accompaniment.