Maybe it's her diet of fish that keeps Wisdom looking good, or maybe it's the exercise she gets. Albatross fly an average of 50,000 miles a year as they travel from breeding grounds near Hawaii to fishing grounds off the western coast of North American.
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That means Wisdom has flown between 2 and 3 millions miles in her life. But after all that time and travel, how do scientists know Wisdom is indeed the same bird? Fashions for humans come and go, but haute couture for albatrosses have stayed pretty much the same. Wisdom has had her leg band exchanged for a similar one only five times since 1956.
"While the process of banding a bird has not changed greatly during the past century, the information provided by birds marked with a simple numbered metal band has transformed our knowledge of birds," said Pertejohn.
Her original discoverer, Robbins, found Wisdom again in 2001. Robbins and Wisdom may have a long history together, but the history of albatross and humans is far older.