Humpback Whale Busts the Mammal Migration Record With 6000-Mile Trip

By Eliza Strickland | October 13, 2010 11:47 am

humpbackFrom Ed Yong:

On 7 August 1999, a lucky photographer snapped a female humpback whale frolicking off the east coast of Brazil. Two years later, on 21 September 2001, the same whale was caught on camera again, by a tourist on a whale-watching boat. But this time, she was a quarter of the world away, off the eastern coast of Madagascar. The two places where she was spotted are at least 9800 kilometres apart, making her voyage the longest of any mammal.

In American terms, that means the adventurous humpback had taken a trip of about 6,000 miles. Read the rest of the post–including info about how scientists are sure they were looking at the same whale both times–at Not Exactly Rocket Science.

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Image: iStockphoto

  • ricky

    Were is the other picture? And how do they now its the same whale??

  • Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    6,000 miles ~ 10 000 kilometers. In SI terms, awesome!

  • Eliza Strickland

    @ricky: As I said, this is a snippet of a longer post from another of Discover’s bloggers. Read the entire story at Not Exactly Rocket Science.


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