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Albatross,

large sea bird that figures prominently in Coleridge's poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."
Albatross syndrome - Synonym(s): Münchausen syndrome

albatross

a large, 25 lb, ocean flying bird with a very wide wingspan, 10 ft, which enables it to glide for long distances at a height of about 50 ft above the sea. There are several genera, the commonest being Diomedea and Phoebetria. The commonest species is the Wandering Albatross, Diomedea exulans.
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In 2000, Richardson became a scientist emeritus and had more time to pursue curiosities such as albatross flight.
The writing is clear and engaging throughout, and the authors' background in environmental history is exhibited in their ability to navigate the complex landscape of policy related to albatross conservation.
And so, the demise of two short-tailed albatross in rapid succession in the summer of 2010 stunned longliners targeting Pacific cod off Alaska.
The tour has served as a platform for emerging stars like Rashid Khan, who won the first Albatross tour event in India in 2007.
This is most evident in the analogy he uses to describe his latest body of work: the Midway Series, which documents the decaying carcasses of albatross that have inadvertently stuffed themselves and their young with the colourful polymers you and I use to cap our beverages and containers.
Somewhat surprisingly Finch had earlier come close to recording another albatross on the back nine, having previously holed a bunker shot on the fourth.
To say I'm chuffed is an understatement but I just wish he'd given me a bit longer than two days to bask in the glory of my albatross before stealing my thunder.
Based on the available data, estimates of per-species proportions of the total seabird bycatch over the 3 years were 42% other species, 32% black-browed albatross, 17% Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross, 6% albatross species, 1% wandering albatross, 1% Cory's shearwater, and less than 1% Tristan albatross.
Seventeen of the 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction.
In 2005 the RSPB, in conjunction with BirdLife International, created the Albatross Task Force (ATF) - a team of people who work with fishermen and advise them of the simplest and most effective ways to avoid accidentally catching and killing these iconic birds.
Creative problem solving has come in very handy in recovery actions for the short-tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus), or STAL for short.