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Short-tailed Albatross on nest.  Photo credit: Hiroshi Hasegawa

Short-tailed Albatross on Nest. Photo Courtesy: Hiroshi Hasegawa

With a wingspan of over two meters (seven feet), the short-tailed albatross is the largest seabird in the north Pacific. Its long, narrow wings are adapted to soaring low over the ocean. While the species nests on islands off the coast of Japan, they spend most of their lives at sea.  Short-tailed albatrosses can be found throughout the north Pacific and in high concentrations in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. It is best distinguishable from other albatrosses by its large, bubblegum-pink bill. Once they reach maturity, short-tailed albatrosses sport white body plumage and a golden crest. It is these beautiful feathers that lured market hunters in for the kill.


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