The albatross: does distance make the heart grow fonder?

Long distance relationships are anything but easy; they often involve a lot of planning, constant travel and ultimately compromise.

Long distance relationships are anything but easy; they often involve a lot of planning, constant travel and ultimately compromise.

This documentary explores love from afar — does distance make the heart grow fonder?

Albatross' also have grand long distance relationships, often only seeing each other every 6 months, although they mate for life.

But can we link human personality traits to a species like the albatross? Listen to the documentary and watch it unfold in six video portraits.

Parts of the narration are excerpted from Noah Strycker's excellent book The Thing With Feathers, which features an entire chapter specifically about albatross love.

Produced by Michelle Macklem

The Albatross 4:54

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