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Ah To Be Caressed

Laysan Albatross
Hawaiian Name: Moli

Such a simple pleasure most desire. Just part of the avian passion of the Laysan Albatross. They are known as the most massive birds in the North Pacific with a body length of 32 inches and a wing span of 80 inches. Their courtship dance will warm your heart while putting a grin on your face. The many steps of the albatross dance include fencing with their bills, shaking their heads from side to side while loudly snapping their beaks and tucking their heads under a lifted wing. All the while these motions are mixed with a lot of whinnies and squeals along with bowing and nodding in symmetry. These characters are a delight as they stand on their tip toes with beaks up-cast while groaning in the final climax of their dance. Albatross usually first mate between 7 to 9 years old. When they pick a mate it will be for life.

© 1996 Victoria McCormick

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About Victoria

For the last forty-five years Victoria has photographed in the Hawaiian Island Chain recording special moments in time. She hopes her images will help raise awareness of the need to preserve the integrity of Hawaii’s natural treasures. May our respect and courtesy be given to the land and its wildlife and to the ocean and its sea life.