'Incredible sighting' of albatross off Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

A zoology student has captured footage of a black-browed albatross off the coast of Cornwall.

Toby Phelps spotted the rare visitor, which has a wingspan of up to 11ft (3.5m), off the Lizard on Friday.

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"We were totally in shock and shaking from the whole experience," he said.

"To get one in February off the coast of Cornwall is incredibly special."

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The endangered birds (some of which you can see more clearly in the BBC picture below) are normally only found in the southern hemisphere and have an average lifespan of up to 30 years.

They feed mainly on shrimp, fish and squid, but also on carrion and fishery discards.

Black browed Albatross