The albatross is a pretty amazing flyer. A large wing span and a very high aspect ratio make for an efficient cruiser. The wandering albatross is perhaps the most impressive with its ability to cruise the southern oceans for months at a time. I haven’t had a chance to go south to see one of those. However, while out in Monterey Bay on the whale watching trip we did have an encounter with a black footed albatross. It might be a bit smaller but it still has the same characteristics. Great efficiency and the ability to soar about the surface of the water with ease. What a cool bird.