Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Ka'ena Point: 2 of 7
- They can weigh as much as 25 pounds, with a wing span of up to 13 feet! (Hard to imagine when I first saw them nesting, but easy to see once they took flight!)
- They live 40-60 years and often stay out to sea, never touching land, for up to five YEARS before returning to the island they were hatched on. Once they find a mate, they are mated for life, and return to the same island each year just long enough to hatch a single chick before taking to the open ocean air again.
- Their nickname "Goony Bird" originated because they are very awkward on land, and have a hard time taking off and landing. Nonetheless, they are very graceful in the air.
- An albatross in flight can be so perfectly attuned to wind conditions that it may not flap its wings for hours, or even for days, as it can sleep while flying.
Pretty cool, huh?