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May 22, 2020 - Readers Digest

10 of the Most Epic Animal Migrations

10 of the Most Epic Animal Migrations
Leatherback Turtle on a Beach File Image: (c) Photabulous!

By land, air, and sea these animals that migrate travel hundreds or even thousands of miles for love, food, and shelter.

Leatherback Sea Turtles: Travel 10,000 miles or more

Sea turtles are well known for their amazing migrations, but among them, it's the leatherback turtles that undertake the longest journey. Sometimes traveling 10,000 miles or more between breeding and feeding grounds looking for jellyfish. Leatherbacks can be found as far north as Norway and as far south as New Zealand. A thick layer of fat gives the creature's shell its leathery appearance and allows the animals to tolerate much colder water than other turtles. Every two to three years females migrate to coastal shores to lay their eggs, often returning to the same beach where they were born. The leatherback sea turtle isn't endangered, but it is declining and could make its way on the list soon. These beautiful animals are so endangered the could disappear in your lifetime.

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