The most epic of the animal kingdom - the Arctic Tern
by NICHOLAS GUNNER
The arctic tern is one of the most epic animals on this earth! The little creature spends it's life chasing the sun from the arctic to the antarctic. It makes this increadible journey every year giving it the distinction of having the furthest annual migration of any known species– some individuals traveling as far as 80,000 km per year.
Until recent years, researchers have been in the dark about Arctic Terns' migration paths. But today, we have data collected via geolocators attached to the terns.
This map visualizes real arctic tern data collected between the summers of 2010 and 2011. Data was graciously provided by Michael Langlois of the Fish and Wildlife Service.