Take A Leaf from the Book of an Albatross
November 6, 2011 § 7 Comments
I don’t watch much telly but I happened upon the second half of the sainted Attenborough’s Frozen Planet a few nights ago. And there were two albatrosses literally necking – stroking and smoothing each other’s necks with their necks and beaks. I thought, blimey, these two are more affectionate with each other than a pair of snogging teenagers in the high street of a Saturday night. People are only ever like this to each other at the end of meringue-y movies. And I fell to wondering if your average homo sapien was ever able to show such tender joy in the company of his partner when he’s at home?
Then I thought, perhaps we human beings need to take a few leaves? Attenborough’s cooing commentary explained that these birds are more faithful and loyal to each other than any other creatures in the animal kingdom and stay together for fifty years. Can I have heard that right? Does an albatross even live for fifty years? But it almost doesn’t matter because it’s such a lovely thought. I am sure there is the odd disadvantage to being an albatross – life a bit draughty; no Tesco Local – but, boy, do they make up for it on the relationship front. They obviously know something we don’t. Those albatrosses (or, as with plankton, is the plural albatross?) are getting more affection than the Plankton can remember engendering from a member of the opposite sex in a very long time.
Occasionally I’ve considered how agreeable it would be to be able to fly, but things must have come to a tragic plankton pass because I never thought I would wind up envying the romantic life of a goddamn bird.