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Albatross flying using dynamic soaring, illustration

Albatross flying using dynamic soaring, illustration

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MIKKEL JUUL JENSEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MIKKEL JUUL JENSEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Albatross flying using dynamic soaring, illustration. Dynamic soaring allows these birds to travel long distances while expendinding minimal energy. The albatross flies just above the ocean surface and soars and dives between contrasting air currents. When maneouvering between currents the bird banks to make the most of the wind's energy. The albatross skeleton allows the bird to lock its wings in place during flight, further conserving energy.

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