She is on an egg and will spend the next six months watching over the egg and chick, once it hatches. Together with her mate, of course. They will take turns flying more than 1,000 miles a week to fetch squid, flying fish eggs, and an occasonal fish to feed the little Laysan Albatross.
She will return to the nest and take a bit of a rest. Then, off again to fly and feed. Like all adult Albatrosses, Wisdom can upchuck solid pieces of squid beak or plastic trash. but her chick must wait for a once only regurgitation between now and July, hopefully ridding itself of any debris that clogs so many young seabirds these days...........
Currently, I am working on two different drafts of a story about Wisdom and the ocean world she has inhabitated just about as long as I have been alive...........As I work on the book, I think back on how much our world has changed since the early 1950s. Plastic has replaced glass and in just a simple way, I remember what that meant and means to me. As a kid, I was kind of poor and got a lot of change by picking up beer and pop bottles along the highway. I got a penny for each beer bottle. Three cents for a coke bottle...........I can't remember seeing my first plastic bottle along the road, but when it happened to become all too pervasive, the plastics just seemed to fill the ditches. When it rained, they washed into the sea and now, our ocean is home to more than we can deal with.
Wisdom. She somehow moves around all the debris and has found a way to feed herself and her offspring without swallowing too much plastic. If only we could find a way to speak with her, to communicate directly............She could help us save the world.