Watery Fate for Nature's Gliders

Fossil bones hint that sea-level increases doomed Atlantic albatross populations.

By Sorcha McDonagh, 00:00 AM October 20, 2003

Talk about winging it. The albatross is an amazing glider. In windy weather, these ocean birds can stay airborne for hours without flapping their enormous wings. They've been known to follow ships for days to feed on garbage.

 

Today, there are about 17 species of albatross, and they are found only in areas around Antarctica and the northern Pacific Ocean. Scientists know that albatross once soared over the Atlantic, but they've never understood why these birds might have died out—until now.

 

 

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