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Not all albatrosses are what you would call "slick".  As with humans, dogs, and most other animals, some albatrosses don't have their act together enough to be attracting a mate and raising young.  Maybe they are the equivalent of teenagers and still not ready to start a family (albatrosses do not start nesting until they are about 7 years old!).  Or maybe they just don't socialize well with other albatrosses.  These birds are still active at sea taking care of themselves, even if they are not breeding.  We are mostly concerned right now with the locations and movements of birds that nest on Tern Island, and we want to separate the at-sea information on them from information from other birds.

This page last updated on January 24, 1998 12:30 PM