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It's likely that you have never seen an albatross. Albatross spend most of their lives far offshore. Their formidable wingspan allows them to ride wind currents above the ocean surface for hours at a time, without landing or even flapping their wings.

Amazingly, even with a wingspan over two metres, the black-footed albatross that soar over BC's coastal waters, is one of the smaller species of albatross. The largest, the wandering albatross of the southern hemisphere, has an astonishing wingspan of up to 3.5 metres.

Unfortunately, plastic poses a lethal threat to albatross. Enormous areas in the ocean have higher concentrations of plastic than life-giving plankton. Like many marine species, albatross often mistake floating plastic for food. Over time, the plastic builds up inside their bellies, preventing them from eating and digesting. Ultimately, it can kill them. Recent studies show that over 90 per cent of seabirds have plastic inside of them, a huge increase in the past 30 years.

Have you seen any interesting seabirds off the coast?

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