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Around the World in 80 Days (and 32 Pictures)

by Mark Schatzker

THE LONELY PACIFIC IS NOT SO LONELY ANYMORE

The birds were white with black markings, like seagulls but with a much better sense of style. They would fly to the front of the ship, then start to glide. When they would lose a little altitude, they would flap a few times and glide some more. Every now and again, however, something fantastic would happen. Scanning the ocean below, a bird would see a flying fish skip over the surface and would pull into an insane swoop, turning 90 degrees in a fraction of a second and accelerating towards the ocean's surface at an alarming rate. Sometimes, they would pull up just as they were about to hit and snatch the flying fish out of midair, which was exhilarating.

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