Photograph of man and gooney bird (blackfoot albatross) on schooner in mid-Pacific, ca.1900-1930. A seaman on the deck of a schooner can be seen enticing three gooney birds (blackfoot albatrosses) that landed on the deck. The vessel is somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. His left hand, holding his hat, is extended toward the birds. Four masts in full sail are visible behind him.; "Gooney birds get right to live in U.S. -- San Francisco, June 9. -- U.P. The first 'gooney birds' ever to come to the United States today had permission to enter the country from Midway Island in the mid-Pacific. -- Four of the rare migratory fowl known to scientists as Layson albatross, were granted the privilege of American residence through the efforts of officials of Fleishacker's Zoo in San Francisco, and Pan-American Airways. -- Until the air line extended its flights over the Pacific, the gooney birds were born and died on the beach of the tiny Midway island. -- The gooney bird is a large black and white bird with a glossy coat and a wing spread of several feet. It has web feet and waddles, duck fashion when it walks. -- A piece of pork is tied to the end of a line and when the bird closes his bill on it he cannot get off as long as the line is kept taut so the bird is hauled aboard and cannot fly away as they can only lift themselves from the water." -- Evening News (1931 June 19).