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Astounding examples of animal migration across the world


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Every year many species of animal around the world leave their home for a variety of reasons, we explore some of the most amazing examples

 

1. The American White Ibis

 

American White Ibis Migration photo
Photo by James Shadle

This fantastic bird, with their unique red faces and black wing tips which contrast brilliantly with their clean white bodies, is most commonly found in the Southern regions of North America.

They migrate across America in groups varying in size both before and after breeding. Some birds have been found in Mexico, Cuba, and Northern South America.

 

2. The Monarch Butterfly

 

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One of the most well known North American butterfly, the Monarch Butterfly’s wings feature an easily recognizable black, orange, and white pattern. The butterfly is not listed as an endangered species, but in 2014  Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety requested Endangered Species Act protection for the monarch and its habitat by filing a legal petition.

Monarch Butterfly posing photo

The butterfly performs an annual migration across North America which has been called “one of the most spectacular phenomenons in the world”

Starting in September and October, populations migrate to sites in central Mexico where they arrive around November and wait for the winter.

Amazingly, no single butterfly makes the whole trip, female monarchs lay their eggs for the next generation to continue the migration. Often it can take 5 full generations to complete the migration!

 

3. The Walrus

 

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The amusing looking Walrus is a large flippered marine mammal that can get absolutely massive in size, with adult males in the Pacific weighing up to 2,000kg! The Walrus can be found in the Pacific and Atlantic ocean and they typically live in areas where the air temperature is about -15°C to 5°C.

The above shot shows Pacific Walrus in the middle of their busy migration period, where they travel to the central and south Bering Sea for the winter and spend their summers in the Chukchi Sea. Some Walrus migrate more than 1,800 miles each year, and they travel either by swimming or by resting on floating ice chunks (sounds like they could do with a rest after all).

 

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