15 February 2017

The Warmest Year

The Warmest Year

NOAA and NASA say 2016 was the warmest year since recordkeeping began. There really is not much more I can say.

By the way I've got a 2006 Citroen Berlingo for sale, and I'm looking to buy a bike.

1 February 2017

Fireflies

Fireflies

How I would like to do like the Firefly

15 January 2017

Sea Panda

Sea Panda

You've got to admit that Sea Panda is a much better name than Killer Whale, right?

And Crocodiles are Murder Logs

1 January 2017

Boaty McBoatface

Boaty McBoatface
So, in 2016 the NERC asked the internet what they should call their new research vessel. The most voted name was Boaty McBoatface, so they called the ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough, which is nice.

1 December 2015

Do the Moonwalk

Do the Moonwalk

The Albatross Courtship dance is almost certainly one of the most intricate and complex of any being apart from the French.

15 October 2015

Not Coming Out!

Not Coming Out!

Sometines an albatross chick can spend some extra time inside the egg. Parents don't usually help with the hatching.

1 October 2015

A Complicated Mating Dance

A Complicated Mating Dance

It is known that Albatrosses have quite a complicated courtship dance ritual.

1 September 2015

The Booby

The Booby

A Booby is a funny awkward little seabird, right? Well... Wrong. Don't be fooled by the name - they should be called stormbirds ore something like that.

15 August 2015

Plastic Pollution Limerick

Plastic Pollution Limerick
My friend and albatross lover Sybren Renema send me this powerful limerick about the problems of plastic ocean pollution:

There once was an albie from Leith,
Who thought he had plenty to eat,
But his health eroded
'till his stomach exploded
For plastic digests not like meat.

1 August 2015

Perfect Landing

Perfect Landing

Yes, Albatrosses do spend years at sea without ever touching firm ground.

15 July 2015

Preening

Preening

Preening - there is nothing quite like it.

1 July 2015

Landsick

Landsick

I hear Albatrosses can spend up to ten years without setting a webbed foot on land. Can you imagine living so long without touching anything stable and firm? And when they come to land they do it for one reason only. Yes, you guessed it.

29 June 2015

1000 Albatrosses

1000 Albatrosses

So today we got 1000 likes on our Facebook Albatrosses page, this might seem unimportant, but just imagine 1000 people smiling at an albatrosses cartoon. That's a thousand smiles. I like that. So I made this drawing for you and if, by chance you'd like to have a 1000 Albatrosses iPhone cover or something like that. Check out our store here.

And keep on smiling

15 June 2015

Shark Shaped Motivation

Shark Shaped Motivation

Every year at fledging time, tiger sharks gather to feast on the less motivated Albatrosses. It's fly or die time.

1 June 2015

The Famous Wing-Lock

The Famous Wing-Lock

Albatrosses are aided in soaring by a wing-lock mechanism, a sheet of tendons that lock the wing when fully extended, allowing the wings to be kept outstretched without any energy expenditure. Neat, huh?

15 May 2015

A Limerick by the poet Albatross

Title
There once was a bloody big Albatross
who struggled to get the idea across
that the great big blue sea
is a nice place to be,
But with garbage it's thick just like applesauce.

Yes, that's right, I've rhymed Albatross with Applesauce. That's how my mind works and I'm not ashamed to say so.

1 May 2015

Vacation in Heligoland

Vacation in Heligoland

I hear that a Black-browed Albatross has been sighted in Heligoland on the 19th of April 2015. Just like last year in May. Remember? I wonder if it's the same bird...

You can read more about this here in this excelent article by Felix Timmermann

15 April 2015

National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Magazine
You can find the said National Geographic article by Carl Safina HERE. It's well worth the read!

15 March 2015

Self-Conscious Waddlers

Self-Conscious Waddlers

It is a well known fact that Albatrosses are master flyers. Less well known is the fact that they are close to useless on land.

That might explain why they spend so little time there.

1 March 2015

A Haruspex and a Biologist

A Haruspex and a Biologist
From looking at the guts of dead albatrosses a biologist can often say how the bird died. And it's usually due to the ingestion of plastic materials. I wonder what a Haruspex would say of our future by looking at those same guts... What do you think? Let me know in the comments. Do you know what a Haruspex is? Well, look it up and learn something new.

15 February 2015

Oil Slick

Oil Slick

Thank you Paul DeMerchant for the inspiration! This one is for you!

1 February 2015

Release The Fledglings

Release The Fledglings

Young albatrosses will return to land after reaching sexual maturity. But that may take some time.

15 January 2015

A Haiku from the Poet Albatross

A Haiku from the Poet Albatross
This cartoon is based on a Haiku by Julia Fiedorczuk and Gerardo Beltrán for the Ecopoetics project, because some things have to be said with a poem.

1 January 2015

Plastic Food

Plastic Food

Did you know that Albatrosses and other wildlife die from plastic in their food chain? Plastic Food kills and it's not as if those animals had the healthy food option we arguably do.

You can learn more about this on the Plastic Pollution Coalition website.

15 September 2014

The First Landing

The First Landing

There has got to be a first landing.

1 September 2014

The Procrastination Paradox

The Procrastination Paradox

Oh yes, you know what I'm talking about, don't you?

15 August 2014

It's All About Notoriety

It's All About Notoriety
"Notoriety isn't better than fame, but it sure as hell beats obscurity" A Quote by Terry Pratchett and/or Neil Gaimen from the book Good Omens

I think Napoleon said something similar.

15 July 2014

The Birds and Bees

The Birds and Bees
Did you know about the waggle dance? Bees are fascinating animals.

1 June 2014

The Heligoland Albatross

The Heligoland Albatross

So, this is a real news item I am exited about: A Black-browed Albatross was sighted near Skagen in Denmark on the 25/26th of May, and then in Heligoland in the last week of May and into June. There is more about this on the ACAP Website here..

Maybe one day I'll see my first Albatross here in Portugal...

1 May 2014

An Ill Literate

An Ill Literate
It's not a very good joke, but I made it up myself. So that's nice.

1 April 2014

15 March 2014

The Albatross Adventurer

The Albatross Adventurer
Well, If you know nothing of Internet Memes, you might wonder about this one. But If you got the joke, leave a comment and we are friends.

1 March 2014

Calamari al profumo di limone

Calamari al profumo di limone
Ocean Acidification is becoming more and more of a problem. This week I heard of a study that concluded that higher levels of dissolved carbon in the water makes it so that fishes get caught more easily by predators. Sadly there is no lemon flavor involved.

15 February 2014

15 January 2014

Albatross T'ai chi

Albatross T'ai chi

Albatross T'ai chi ch'uan - Why not? It's a stressful life.

1 January 2014

Striving to be a Better Albatross

Striving to be a Better Albatross

The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.

quote by Denis Waitley

1 December 2013

Plastic Inflation

Plastic Inflation
There is such a thing as plastic inflation.

15 November 2013

Plastic Currency

Plastic Currency
This one is about Plastic Pollution and a bit about greed.

1 November 2013

Soar in the Wind!

Soar in the Wind!
It can get quite windy down where the wild Albatrosses are.