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Birds set migration record: 40,000 miles – Science – MSNBC.com

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Sooty shearwaters may not look like much, but when it comes to travel they put marathoners, cyclistssootyshearwater.jpg and pretty much everyone else to shame…

These gray, 16-inch birds cover 40,000 miles annually in search of food, the longest migration ever recorded electronically, according to a report in this week’s online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The birds, which can have a wingspan of 43 inches (1.1 meters), followed a figure-eight circuit over the Pacific Ocean. They ranged north to the Bering Sea, south to Antarctica, east to Chile, and west to Japan and New Zealand, covering more than 40,000 miles in 200 days…

August 8, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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