"An albatross is the grandest living flying machine on Earth. ...A parent albatross may fly more than 10,000 miles to deliver one meal to its chick. Wielding the longest wings in nature--up to eleven and a half feet--albatrosses can glide hundreds of miles without flapping, crossing ocean basins, circumnavigating the globe. A 50-yest-old albatross has flown, at least, 3.7 million miles.
"We know albatross from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1798 poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In the poem, the albatross benevolently fill the ship's sails with wind and aids its progress. When the mariner impulsively kills the albatross, horror grips the crew; they punish the mariner by making him wear the great corpse around his neck. (thus the burden of the Albatross.)
If you could travel millions of miles fueled by clean, self-renewing, zero-emissions energy, you'd be an albatross.
Many albatross live around the Falklands' Islands at 51 degrees south latitude. Some 399,000 pairs, two-thirds of the world's black-brows, breed here in the Falklands."
National Geographic Magazine
"On the Wings of the Albatross"
by Carl Safina