5 interesting facts you didn't know about albatrosses
Do you think you know everything about birds? There are actually some things you may not know, even about such well-known bird as albatrosses.
#1 Albatrosses can fly for a very long time without touching land
They only land to briefly feed. Landing on water leaves them at the mercy of sharks. There is a saying that albatrosses must know how to sleep while flying.
#2 Albatrosses do live a long life
They are able to raise chicks well into their 60s. Some even celebrate their 50th birthday. An albatross named Wisdom (who is still alive as of 2021) became the oldest confirmed wild bird in the world – she hatched in 1951.
#3 They have the ability of smelling food in the water from 12 miles away
Most birds have a great sense of smell but seabirds especially because it helps them to search for their food.
#4 Albatrosses have been seen pursuing the sunfish to pluck some crustacean hitchhiker off its skin
Albatrosses have a symbiotic relationship with the sunfish. The sunfish gets cleaned while the albatross gets a meal.
#5 The albatross has the most efficient flying ability amongst birds
They have the largest wingspan amongst birds. An albatross wing can range around 12 feet (3.6 meters) and a wandering albatross can soar for about 8 hours without flapping its wings and cover the distance of 500 miles in a day and maintain the speed of 80 mph (130 kmh). Engineers have been fascinated by the albatross' flying ability.
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