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Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large seabirds allied to the procellariids, storm-petrels and diving-petrels in the order Procellariiformes (the tubenoses). They range widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific. They are absent from the North Atlantic, although fossil remains show they once occurred there too and occasional vagrants are found.

Albatrosses are among the largest of flying birds, and the great albatrosses (genus Diomedea) have the largest wingspans of any extant birds, reaching up to 12 feet. The albatrosses are usually regarded as falling into four genera, but there is disagreement over the number of species.

Sailors have long propagated a superstitious mythos surrounding this kind of bird.

Albatross in Southern VictoryEdit

During the Second Great War, Lt. Sam Carsten watched albatross fly high above the flight deck of the Remembrance when the flotilla sortied on patrol toward Midway. In the wardroom he joked that the deck officer had waved one off because it wasn't coming in straight enough to satisfy him, earning a laugh from his fellow officers.[1]

Albatross in The War That Came EarlyEdit

Albatross were commonly found on the island of Midway, where they would lay their eggs during mating season. While on en route to liberate Wake Island, Pete McGill watched a pair of the birds flying about. He reminisced about how they were great flyers, but couldn't land worth a damn.

Members of the Japanese garrison on Midway, feeling bored on a small island with no entertainment, spent much of their time watching the funny albatross behavior. This greatly helped the birds' survival, as otherwise the Japanese soldiers might have killed and eaten them.


  1. Return Engagement, pg. 391, HC.

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