Animals on the move

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The animal movements movies are truly mesmerizing. If you know similar movies/websites share links in the comments (only full links).

Animation of publicly shared animal movements cross the globe of all species covering at least 500 km distance in one direction and at least 45 days (about 8,000 tracks). The movements were combined into 1 synthetic year. (details: Movebank YouTube channel)

“Movebank is a free, online database of animal tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior. We help animal tracking researchers to manage, share, protect, analyze, and archive their data. The animal tracking data in Movebank belongs to researchers all over the world who choose whether and how to share their data with the public.”


The movements of juvenile white storks as they soar on currents of air that are warmed by the sun shining on the ground and then move upward in a spiraling column—this is called “thermal soaring”. The purple dots visualize the wind speed and direction calculated based on the recorded movements of the birds as described in Weinzierl R, Bohrer G, Kranstauber B, Fiedler W, Wikelski M, Flack A, Ecology and Evolution 6(24): 8706–8718 (2016). (full credits here)

One more:

Route of Nicole, the great white shark! She swam 11,100 km (6,897 miles) from Africa to Australia in just 99 days (December 11, 2003-February 28, 2004) (author unknown to me, let me know if you know who made it)

Maybe one more (they are so great):

The map above shows the 2,774 miles (4,464 km) traveled by a lone wolf in North Minnesota over the course of 11 months. Map created by Voyageurs Wolf Project, via Brilliant Maps.

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