Despite traveling for great distances, an albatross will return to the same place and partner when breeding calls, as their bonds are deeply rooted in their affectionate dancing rituals. After taking up to 10 years to reach sexual maturity, they observe and learn the mating rituals from their elders. Once trained, they begin dancing with partners by mutually and tenderly grooming each other’s feathers. The mating dance may appear to resemble jousting as they look to the ground while tapping their beaks and opening their mouths. Similar to the courtships of humans, an albatross spends numerous years finding the perfect partner by use of these dances, but when they do it lasts a lifetime.