This Laysan albatross hatchling was rescued from a flooded nest by a photographer. It was dried off and returned to its nest when the flood waters receded, but it retained the nickname Soggy.
Soggy, featured in the National Geographic book Archipelago
, was hatched on Midway Atoll, a famous World War II battle site and one of about a dozen tiny islands given protected status by the Bush Administration.
The creation of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument on June 15, 2006, means access to the regions islands, atolls, and coral reefs will be strictly controlled, and commercial and sport fishing will be phased out.
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Photograph by David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton