Join National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting as he documents the plight of the albatross, one of the largest flying birds on Earth.

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  • This video was filmed on September 13, 2011 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.


    Photographer Frans Lanting documents the plight of the albatross, one of the largest flying birds on Earth. Lanting has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. For more than two decades he has documented wildlife and the human relationship with nature in environments from the Amazon to Antarctica.


    • About the albatross (start-1:39 min.)
    • A vulnerable bird (1:40-2:04 min.)
    • Threats to albatross: commercial fishing (2:05-2:45 min.)
    • Learning to fly in the northwest Hawaiian Islands (2:46-3:51 min.)
    • Studying albatross behavior (3:52-4:31 min.)
    • Hope for the future (4:32-5:23 min.)


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  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    albatross Noun

    type of very large seabird.

    commercial fishing Noun

    industry responsible for catching and selling fish.

    conservation Noun

    management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

    Encyclopedic Entry: conservation
    endangered species Noun

    organism threatened with extinction.

    Encyclopedic Entry: endangered species
    research Noun

    scientific observations and investigation into a subject, usually following the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion.