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The courtship dance of Wandering Albatrosses on Prion Island, one of the small islands in the Bay of Isles. South Georgia Island can be seen across the bay in the background.

The Wandering Albatross is the largest of the albatrosses and is the living bird with the greatest wingspan, measuring almost 3.5 m. The body length is up to 1.35 m, with females slightly smaller than males. It gets its name because it is a great traveler - it sometimes spends several months in the air, over the southern oceans, without ever touching land.
The life history of the wandering albatross is similar to our own: birds mature at about 12 years of age, spend many adolescent years socialising and courting, mate for life, breed infrequently and might live for more than 60 years. They lay a single egg at a time, which takes about 78 days to hatch.

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