11 Jul '18, 11pm

Nobody knows where juvenile Grey-headed Albatrosses go: until now

Nobody knows where juvenile Grey-headed Albatrosses go: until now

Follow the albatrosses' journey on this live map. A single egg sits nestled between swaying tussock grass on a windswept, sub-Antarctic island. The parents incubate the egg for 72 days, alternating shifts. It hatches, exploding into a gigantic cotton wool ball of a chick. Its parents dote on it, providing more than half a kilogram of food a day, and it matures into a sleek, dapper fledgling. And then it disappears. This is the problem that has confounded British Antarctic Survey (BAS) researchers on South Georgia, a remote British Overseas Territory in the middle of the South Atlantic. We’re all familiar with the tradition of youngsters taking a gap year to explore the world and find themselves, but juvenile Grey-headed Albatrosses Thalassarche chrysostoma take this rite of passage to the extreme. When they fledge, they rove across the Southern Ocean, plucking food from th...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/nobody-knows-where...

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