Author: Jessie Greengrass
Why did it die off? Because sailors like this chap would turn up every year and kill loads of the blighters.
And we get an account of just how they did it: herding them like sheep into the ship's hold where they would be picked off in groups to be cooked for eating, or plucked for their feathers or, in the case of the chicks, used for kindling. It is both horrific and compelling in equal measure.
It might just be me but, in the light of recent news coverage of those poor desperate people crammed into boats and ships and lorries as they try to find better lives for themselves and their children I found this story particularly affecting. I have no idea if that was the author's intention, probably not, but it really gave the whole thing some added clout for me.
Anyway, a very promising opening story from this collection.