Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Environment, Freedom, Heartwarming, History | Tags: Laysan Albatross, Midway Atoll, Nature Reserve
This is a Laysan albatross who has returned once again to Midway Atoll, where she is expected to lay another egg. What is notable about her is that she was first tagged in 1956 and has raised at least 36 chicks since then. Her name is Wisdom, and she is 64 years old. The oldest known tracked bird. More pictures at the link.
The nesting ground for the albatrosses is protected habitat. The birds typically lay an egg a year, spending six months rearing and feeding their young. They are giants in the air, with a seven-foot wingspan, that helps them forage far out to sea.
Kind of a neat story for a Monday morning.
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