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wandering albatross

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: As the Latin word exulans suggests, wandering albatrosses (Diomedea exulans) cover a wide-range of oceanic sea on their travels. Generally a solitary bird, they are strongly attracted to ships, scavenging for discarded kitchen waste. Named after Diomedes, the king of Argos, who was driven by a storm onto the coast of Italy, his companions being transformed into birds after his death.

Distribution Rare sightings have been recorded around Mwe Bay on the Skeleton Coast.

Diet: Primarily a scavenger. Eats squid, crustaceans, carrion (whales, penguins, seals and petrels) and jellyfish.

Description: Huge hump-backed albatross with white backs and pinkish bills. Black flight feathers.

Breeding: Nests are large mounds of vegetation. Extralimital.

Size: 125cm. Weight: 9kg. Wingspan: 3.5m.

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

Self Catering Namibia