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Arctic Tern

Sterna paradisaea


The longest migration ever recorded in any animal Miniature new transmitters recently revealed that the 4-ounce (113-gram) bird follows zigzagging routes between Greenland and Antarctica each year. In the process, the arctic tern racks up about 44,000 frequent flier miles (71,000 kilometers). As Arctic Terns can live over 30 years, the total distance flown in a tern's lifetime may exceed 2,4 million km, that's équivalent to around 3 return journeys to the Moon !!!!


The entire northern hemisphere Arctic area. It is a circumpolar animal.

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Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Awesome shot!

KarenL 7 years ago

Fun fact! The Arctic tern, makes an incredible 25,000 mile round-trip journey every year, navigating with built-in ferromagnets to detect their orientation with respect to the Earth's magnetic field.

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

very cool!

arlanda 8 years ago

Very good picture!

A spectacular shot! Wow!!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Beautiful flight shot!


Spotted on Jul 7, 2007
Submitted on Jan 5, 2013

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