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Laysan Albatross 
Diomedea immutabilis

The Laysan Albatross breeds on isolated islands in the central Pacific Ocean, but is found throughout the northern oceans during all times of the year.  They are most commonly seen in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands flying low over the waves searching for food.  Laysan Albatrosses are among the largest of all flying birds, having a wingspread greater than 2m (6 ft), but weighing only 10 kg (22 lbs).  Early Aleut and Eskimo hunters apparently preferred albatrosses for their meals because archeologists find hundreds of albatross bones in the remains of old houses and villages along the Bering Sea coast.  Laysan Albatrosses are specialized feeders on schooling fish and snatch unwary individuals from just under the surface.  Once hatched, albatrosses will return to land only to breed, the rest of their life is spent at sea.  They sometimes are seen asleep on the water, but this makes them easy targets for killer whales and stealthy hunters in kayaks; most albatrosses apparently sleep while gliding in the air. 

BLACK BROWED ALBATROSS

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