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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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Such action could include protecting important seabird feeding areas to reduce albatross deaths on hooks in pelagic longline fisheries for tuna and swordfish.
I couldn't see it from where I was because you couldn't see the surface of the green but it's always nice to get an albatross.
Coleridge suggests, then, through the Mariner's shooting of the Albatross, that the latent evil in man's will may unexpectedly erupt in wanton acts which have no rational or conscious motive.
Ms McInnes said new approaches, such as DNA analysis of scats, are helping supplement established techniques for identifying albatross food, but the difficulty of accessing remote breeding grounds and collecting samples during the months the birds spend at sea means there are still major gaps in what's known about albatross diets.
Belsham, a pupil at Whitley Bay High School, was runner-up in the girls' section and one of the event organisers Guy Carr, said: "We get an albatross at the second hole only about once every five years and never before with a player so young.
The features of the Light-mantled Albatross are very different from the adult of the Sooty Albatross, although it can be confused with the plumage in the first year of this species (see Harrison, 1983).
Deaths of albatross chicks in the Albatross Island colony occur every year; the intensity of these events varies from year to year (5).
While removing albatross adults from PMRF successfully reduced bird strike risk for the airfield, it did not deter the established nesting pairs from returning to the base in following years.
Southport's Fleetwood holed out with a seven iron from 198 yards on the fourth hole at Wentworth for just the third albatross in the history of the European Tour's flagship event, which saw defending champion Rory McIlroy miss the cut on Friday.
He added: "I particularly hope that the illegal fishing of the Patagonian toothfish will be high on your list of priorities because until that trade is stopped, there is little hope for the poor old albatross, for which I shall continue to campaign.
Other birds, like the Avocet, the Albatross, and the Anhinga are amazed at the Adelie's ability when they are in the sea.
Phil Philo, senior curator for Middlesbrough Museum and Galleries, with the albatross exhibit