Black-footed Albatross

Black Footed Albatross. A black-footed Albatross soars above another bird. Photo courtesy of Eric VanderWerf

The black-footed albatross is a very large seagoing bird that hails from the Hawaiian Islands. “From” is the key word there, because albatrosses spend most of their time at sea. Pairs mate for life, even though they only see each other some two months out of every year. Talk about fidelity.

At aloha time, adults head back to the great briny, where they sniff out (literally) their fav food: flying fish eggs. The pelagic albatross drinks sea water and cries out the excess salt through glands in its eyes. Their greatest enemy is marine pollution and drift nets, which trap and kill hundreds each year.