30 Jun '16, 4pm

How a Tern Broke the Record for the Longest Known Migration

How a Tern Broke the Record for the Longest Known Migration

Arctic Terns. Photo: Richard Bevan Albatross and Petrels Need Our Help Albatross & petrels often drown when they get caught on fishing lines, but we can help. Take Action This month in Britain, an unassuming little bird broke a huge record. An Arctic Tern clocked a whopping 59,650 miles over the course of its yearly migration from its breeding area on an island off the coast of England to Antarctica, and then back again. The tern’s trip marks the longest migration ever recorded—the equivalent of flying around the circumference of the Earth twice, plus 10,000 miles. Leaving the Farnes Islands last July, the tern reached the tip of South Africa in just one month. From there it flew to the Indian Ocean, where it stayed throughout October until departing for Antarctica. The tern then angled along the edge of the continent and, in early March, arrived in the Weddell Sea, which ...

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