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Saturday, 30 July 2011


Samuel Coleridge’s poem The Ancient Mariner, which tells the tragedy of a sailor who deliberately shoots down one of the great birds was based on the old superstition of sailors that ill luck attended the killing of an albatross at sea.

The Albatross can glide on an air current for several days and are believed to even sleep while in flight.It apparently dozes while cruising at 25 mph.The wandering albatross has a wingspan of around 10 feet and spends most of its life in the air, landing only to find a mate and breed.

They can cover enormous distances, flying as far as 10,000 miles in 33 days, or up to 600 miles in one day.

Albatrosses feed mainly on squid and fish.

65% of the world’s black-browed albatross bird population can be found on the Falkland Islands.

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