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Arctic Tern does the longest regular migration by any known animal - See Documentary
12-08-2013, 12:05 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-09-2013, 11:44 PM by sujay.)
Arctic Tern does the longest regular migration by any known animal - See Documentary
Arctic Terns are seabirds of the tern family Sternidae whichhas a circumpolar breeding distribution covering the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. These are strongly migratory, seeing two summers each year as it migrates from its northern breeding grounds along a winding route to the oceans around Antarctica and back, a round trip of about 70,900 km (c. 44,300 miles) each year which is by far the longest regular migration by any known animal. These are long-lived birds, with many reaching thirty years of age. They eat mainly fish and small marine invertebrates. Arctic Terns are abundant, with an estimated one million individuals.

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See Documentary Arrow Imiqutailaq: Path of the Arctic Tern


The film chronicles a life-altering journey from one end of the Earth to the other, by two Inuit teens (Terry Noah and Jason Qaapiq) from Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost Arctic community, to the bottom of the world, Antarctica. The journey was the dream of the late Dr. Fritz Koerner (1932-2008), the irreverent and legendary glaciologist whom the people of Grise Fiord named "Imiqutailaq" (Arctic Tern), after the little seabird that flies from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back each year. The documentary touches on Fritz’s 50 years traveling pole to pole, studying the ice, and how he wanted these Inuit youth to better understand the impacts of climate change, and inspire everyone to do something about protecting the poles and the planet. The film received the Seven Summits Award at the 2011 Mountain Film Festival, and the El Capitan Award in the Environmental Film Competition at the 2010 Yosemite Film Festival. "Imiqutailaq" premiered at the Canadian International Polar Year Film Festival on September 30, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario and it was featured at the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15) on December 11, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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