Status: Very Rare (< 5 records)
Origins: A pantropical species, occurring in the tropical regions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It is occasionally seen further north, and increasingly so in the past few years with recent records in New England and New Brunswick.
Record Details: Three records for Newfoundland. (1) The first was an individual that was photographed near St. Anthony on July 18, 2012 as it took refuge on a tour boat. The photos appear in a local newspaper article here. It was reportedly seen dead on rocks at the harbour entrance the following day. (2) The second was an immature bird photographed resting on a vessel on the northern Grand Banks on September 4, 2013. (3) Thirdly, and adult was seen and photographed sitting on a rock jetty at Long Beach (near Cape Race) on August 4, 2015. Unfortunately, it could not be relocated later that day or the following.
An immature bird was also photographed on a Coast Guard vessel ~220nmi offshore (outside official waters) on September 1, 2014.
* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *