Creature Feature Laysan Albatross
Frequent Flier Miles
Laysan albatrosses and other albatross species are among the great travelers of the ocean. After they fledge, they may spend as many as five years at sea before returning to land to nest. Mature Laysan albatrosses nest at large colonies in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and may travel all the way to national marine sanctuaries along the West Coast during non-breeding seasons. The oldest known bird in the world, Wisdom, is a Laysan albatross. She is at least 68 years old, and is still laying eggs with her partner, Akeakamai!
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phoebastria immutabilis
DIET: Squid, fish eggs, crustaceans
AVERAGE WINGSPAN: 6-7 feet
LIFE SPAN: 68+ years
OLDEST KNOWN BIRD: Wisdom
AVERAGE CLUTCH SIZE: 1 egg
LONGEST JOURNEY: 4000+ miles
HAWAIIAN NAME: Mōlī
Laysan albatrosses often ingest floating plastic, mistaking it for food. An estimated five tons of plastic are fed to albatross chicks each year at Midway Atoll. You can help Laysan albatrosses by reducing, reusing, recycling, repurposing, and refusing plastic.