Not a seagull

An albatross is a bird that flies near oceans and live in nests near the ocean, but on land in the rocks or in trees or bushes. The females lay eggs but are not as big as the males, who are huge.

Gentle creatures, albatrossi help sailors by doing laundry and other wifely duties while they are at sea. If a sailor gets drunk and shoots one in the face, he is forced to wear the rotting carcass around his neck until someone shoots him in the face and throws him over board.

The phrase "albatross around one's neck" is meant to describe the oppressive burden a person must carry.


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