Albatrosses are stunningly beautiful birds. They live for up to 60 years and mate for life.
Albatrosses breed on remote rock stacks and islands in the sub-Antarctic. These locations experience the high winds necessary for albatross flight. Wandering albatrosses have a wingspan of 3.1m – the longest of any bird.
Albatrosses fly thousands of kilometres on a single feeding trip. In non-breeding years they circumnavigate the globe – sometimes twice. At sea, albatrosses forage around the edge of continental shelves, in ocean frontal zones and ocean upwellings (click for map). These productive areas are also favoured for fishing.