The name Torishima translates to “Bird Island” and is a fitting name for this stark, uninhabited volcanic island that Japan has declared a Bird Sanctuary, Natural Monument and National Wildlife Protection Area. Located in the Izu Islands chain about 600 kilometers (370 miles) due south of Tokyo, Torishima is home to about 1500 mature Short-tailed Albatrosses. 2017 estimates considered 4200 birds to exist on Torishima. This rare species is known to breed on only four islands in the North Pacific, with close to 80% nesting on the volcanic ash slopes of Torishima. Adults will leave in April, fledglings will stay until mid-May. As the island is an active volcano (last eruption in 2002) a landing here is only granted to scientists, and then only by helicopter.