This is an Official Postcrossing card from Germany! Welcome to a lesson on the Laysan albatross, a seabird native to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands! Many of you probably know about the main islands of Hawaii: the Big Island, Maui, Kauai, etc. But then there are the Northwestern (or Leeward) Islands, naturally to the northwest of that, which include a string of much smaller islands. The island of Laysan is among them! Anyway, The Laysan albatross looks like a seagull, but with a more pointed wings, a hooked bill, and black shading around the eyes, which looks like smeared mascara. I know what you’re thinking – “Tyler, this looks nothing like a seagull. Are you asleep?” Nope, I’m not asleep – but I wish I was. This here is an albatross chick! As you can see, it looks fuzzy, has a dark bill, and doesn’t have shading around the eyes. Laysan albatrosses normally eat sea dwellers such as squid and crustaceans, as well as fish and their eggs. Sometimes they take trips to forage for food that bring them a couple thousand km away from their nest and last a few weeks! As much as I love being home, I too would do this for seafood. Fun fact: Laysan albatrosses are considered to have the longest lifespan among birds, with some reaching 65 years! The oldest known living bird is named Wisdom, who is 66 years old. And, at age 60, she even had a chick! That means she must be gunnin’ for a few more years of life! Thank you so much for sending me this wonderful postcard!