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Feb 19, 2020
Flocking together in the Antarctic
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These birds are a few days late for Valentine's Day, but they look like they're in the mood for love. Wandering albatrosses (also known as snowy albatrosses, white-winged albatrosses, or goonies) live mostly on the open ocean but come on land for mating season. A salt gland located above their nasal passages allows them to desalinate and survive drinking only salt water as they feed on small marine animals. They can float on the sea surface and glide for hours.
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Quick fact:A wandering albatross can fly 500-600 miles each day. And because it spends most of its long life on the wing, it will fly the equivalent of 18 trips to the moon and back in its lifetime.