Waved Albatross

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If you are lucky enough to visit the Galapagos between April and December, you can visit the Waved Albatrosses on the small flat island of Espanola. This island at the southern end of the Galapagos chain is the home of the 25,000 and 30,000 breeding adults that make up the world population of Waved Albatrosses. Espanola is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos, so when the island eventually sinks into the ocean, the birds will need to find a new home.
The Waved Albatross mates for life yet spend part of the year apart. When a couple reunites after months of flight soaring over the open ocean, they perform an elaborate dance that can last for days. The couple will only produce one egg and share the responsibility of rearing the chick. Then the young Albatross will spend five years at sea before returning to find a mate. Continue reading

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