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Albatross Surfs the Wind
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How can the Albatross fly so long without flapping its wings?


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2:00 minutes (1.58 MB)
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The Laysan Albatross, with a wing span of about seven feet, is completely at home in the vastness of the open ocean. It glides up and down, back and forth, across the wake, sometimes riding up 100 feet, then coasting right back down near the surface. Its wings stay slightly arched, but don't seem to flap. Through a marvelous feat called "dynamic soaring," this Laysan Albatross uses differences in wind speed.

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