Antarctic Albatrosses

Antarctic Albatrosses

Albatrosses are the largest of seabirds. They can have a wing span of up to 3 meters (approximately 10 feet) and weigh over 12 kilograms (26 pounds). All species of albatross lay a single egg, several species breed only every second year, and most take 10 years to reach sexual maturity. They have very long life spans, and can live to be over sixty. However, many are now being killed by long-line fishing before they can reach half that age. As a result, the birds are no longer getting the chance to repopulate.

Video and Text: British Antarctic Survey