As far as humans travel, it’s nothing compared to some animals. To put just how large this distance is into perspective, we’ve put together an animation showing these animals and their incredible distances. The following is a transcription.
No matter how much travelling you do, these creatures have you beat. These are the animals with the longest migrations.
In the Yukon, Porcupine caribou travel 3,000 miles. This is the longest migration by land of any mammal on Earth.
Monarch butterflies fly about 3,000 miles each year. Some will travel all the way from Canada to Mexico.
Leatherback turtles will swim 10,000 miles across the Pacific between the US and Indonesia.
The globe skimmer dragonfly has that name for a reason. It crosses the Indian ocean between East Africa and India. The total trip is about 10,000 miles.
Humpback whales travel over 10,440 miles from Costa Rica to Antarctica and back. It is the longest mammal migration on Earth.
Great white sharks migrate 12,400 miles between South Africa to Western Australia and back.
But no one can cover more ground than the birds! The sooty shearwater travels 40,000 miles. It flies between New Zealand and Alaska.
At the top of the list is the arctic tern. It has been recorded migrating over 44,000 miles, flying from the Arctic to Antarctica.
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