Scientists have discovered that some arctic terns travel over 50,000 miles each year as they migrate from the North Pole to the South Pole and back.
So if you think about it, that’s a bunch of miles. If an arctic tern lives for 30 years, that’s 30 years x 50,000 miles for a whopping 1 and a half MILLION miles traveled over its lifetime—that’s more than the distance of 3 round-trips to the moon! Wow!
Hats off to the arctic tern—what a fantastic record!
Fun facts about arctic terns:
- These birds eat fish, primarily.
- They are about 14 inches (36 centimeters) long, with a wingspan of abut 31 inches (79 centimeters).
- They are mostly white, and can live more than 30 years.
Source: Barley, Shanta. (2010, January 13). Arctic tern crowned “king of commuters.” NewScientist.