Thursday, December 30, 2010

About the Albatross

About the Albatross
If you have not seen an albatross they can be a spectacular site. These birds have the longest wingspan of any bird up to 11 feet. The wandering albatross is the biggest of some two dozen different species. Albatrosses use their wingspans to ride the ocean winds and glide for hours without rest. They can also float on the sea's surface, though this makes them vulnerable to predators. Albatrosses drink salt water, as do some other sea birds.

These birds can live up to 50 years of age. They are rarely seen on land and gather only to breed, at which time they form large colonies on remote islands. Young albatrosses can fly within three to ten months, depending on the species, but then leave the land behind for five to ten years until they themselves reach sexual maturity. Some species appear to mate for life.

Albatrosses feed mainly on squid or fish, they are very familiar to mariners who go to sea because they sometimes follow ships looking for handouts. Albatrosses have a special place in maritime lore and superstition, being followed by an albatross was generally considered an omen of good luck.

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