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How Waved Albatross adapted?
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Why are albatrosses limited to the southern hemisphere?
Albatrosses are _not_ limited to the Southern Hemisphere, but it is an interesting question nonetheless. Maybe it depends on what you mean by "albatross." In the albatross family, there are many species, some of which do live in the northern hemisphere. Three live in the North Pacific, and one lives in the Galapagos Islands which, being right on the equator, are technically partly in the Northern Hemisphere. There are no albatrosses in the North Atlantic. Except for the waved albatross in the Galapagos Islands, albatrosses do not live in the tropics. This is because they need wind in order to fly long distances, and there are often long periods of calm in the tropics. Therefore, those albatrosses that live in the Southern Hemisphere can not cross to the Northern Hemisphere, and vice versa. The waved albatross is able to live in the Galapagos because the local conditions there create enough wind for them. For more details, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatross.