Animal migrations are one of nature’s most inspiring events and have fascinated humans for thousands of years. Here are some beautiful examples.
#1. White pelicans use the Mississippi flyway as the main route for both their spring and fall migrations.
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#2. The Wildebeest migration across the Serengeti has been called one of the seven new wonders of the world. Over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the green pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October.
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#3. Zebras in the Serengeti migrate the same time as the wildebeest. The migration is actually a large circle, as the zebra, wildebeests and other animals move clockwise from the southeast. The second largest migration for zebras is the Makgadikgadi migration, across the Kalahari Desert.
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#4. Millions of monarch butterflies living in eastern North America fly up to 1500 miles to the volcanic forests of Mexico to spend winter. The monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains fly to the California coast.
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#5. In the Atlantic Ocean, cownose rays migrate northward in the late spring and south in the late fall. In the Gulf of Mexico, they migrate from western Florida to the Yucatan in Mexico.
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#6. Migrating red crabs transform Australia’s Christmas Island into a slow moving red carpet as the move to the ocean to lay their eggs.
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#7. Every winter thousands of blacktip and spinner sharks migrate along the Atlantic coast of Florida. They are often spotted very close to the shoreline.
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#8. Tuna are some of fastest swimming migratory fish. In a period of just 20 months, one tuna was recorded making a 25,000-mile journey with three Pacific Ocean crossings from Japan to the United States.
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#9. Mali’s desert elephants migrate almost 300 miles in a year in a single file in search of water and food.
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#10. Caribou are found in northern regions of North America, Europe, Asia, and Greenland. Each summer they migrate north traveling more than 600 miles.
#11. Gray whales have the longest migration of any mammal. They travel up to 12,000 miles round trip every year between the warm waters of Mexico to the cold Arctic seas.
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#12. Sea turtles migrate hundred of miles between their nesting and feeding grounds, some as far as 1400 miles. Sea turtles will return to the same nesting grounds where they were born.
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#13. The largest flamingo migration occurs in Lake Bogoria in Kenya. The alkaline lake is filled with blue-green algae which the flamingos feed on.
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#14. Emperor penguins migrate 60-100 miles to their breeding grounds. When they arrive, the females will lay an egg and pass it to their mates. He will take care of the egg for the next four months while the female is off feeding in the sea. When egg hatches, the female returns and the male goes off to sea to feed. They take turns doing this until about 9 months, then the parents return home and leave the chick at the breeding ground. The chick will stay there for a few weeks before diving into the ocean. It will live there for the next 4 years and then on its 5th year it will migrate just like its parents did.
Seeing the sharks along the beach was eye-opening for me. I was flying and got to witness them from above, there were about 20 to 25 of them. Since then, I am more careful about how far off I swim into the water.
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