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Everyone knows about London, New York, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Sydney and even Hong Kong as great places to get away for a city break. Only trouble is, if everyone knows about them, it could be a bit crowded, a bit touristy and a bit clichéd.
As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, most of us are eager to one day in our lives see the bright dancing lights in the sky of Aurora Borealis. Except for being close to the Arctic Circle, in order to spot them you also need to get away from any city lights in order to be in complete darkness and see the shimmering light in the sky.
There are so many options of where to travel to! Take this test to find out which continent is your best destination!
Fed up with too many gadgets to shake a stick at? Has the endless amount of technology started to drive you insane? Maybe you yearn for some good old fashioned entertainment? Whatever your reasons for escaping the modern world there are various opportunities to step back in time.
Kicking-off another week here on Into the Wild, we give you your usual dose of beautiful photography. This week it comes in the shape of an amazing snowscape at Exshaw Pass, Alberta, Canada. Thanks to Harvey Roberts for this excellent image. Check out his Flickr photostream for more lovely pics.
Yesterday Into the Wild explored some of the world’s most remote islands, from the tropical paradise of Kiribati on the equator, to the isolated chilly outpost of Attu Island. Today we’re looking at some of the most fascinating archipelagos out there. So who’s made our top 5...
Continuing this week’s theme of amazing animal migrations, today it is the turn of those winged wonders that cover some incredible distances year in, year out. Migration is often associated with flight, and it is no surprise when you consider that birds hold some of the most incredible records when it comes to annual voyages around the world.
Arctic Tern – Between Greenland and Antarctica
Currently the record holder of the longest migration of any creature on the planet, this tiny bird has been found to travel distances up to 44,000 miles ever year in its journey between Greenland and Antarctica. Previously too small to be recorded accurately, this illustrious title was thought to belong to the Sooty Shearwater, which is not far behind with a recorded migration of about 40,000 miles. The Arctic Tern can live for up to 30 years, meaning that over its lifetime an individual probably travels a total of about 1.5 million miles, equivalent to three trips to the moon and back. A truly out of this world, head-terning traveller.
Monarch Butterfly – Between Canada/USA to Central Mexico
Not all migrations by air are those of birds: the journey of the Monarch butterfly is one of the most amazing and interesting occurrences in the natural world. A normal Monarch butterfly only lives for between 4-5 weeks. However, once a year, a special Methuselah generation of individuals is born. This individual is remarkably able to live for up to eight months, the equivalent of a human living to the age of 525. The reason for this unbelievable phenomenon is the need to migrate. This special generation must fly between 1,200-2,800 miles south from their breeding grounds in Canada and the USA, to Central Mexico, to avoid the harsh winter. Guided by the sun’s orbit, the butterflies have been known to cover distances of up to 80 miles per day, an amazing feat for such a small creature.
The arrival of the butterflies in the forests between the states of Mexico and Michoacan is a true natural wonder. Here they hibernate from mid-November to mid-February, when they begin the journey back. However, the Methuselah generation cannot make the return journey on its own, eventually dying on the way. In another incredible twist to the journey, a succession of normal generations take over the flight, gradually making their way north. The individuals that return to the original breeding grounds have never been there themselves, with a sense of orientation thought to be passed on genetically from the great, great grandparents that first set out on the migratory trip. Wow.
By Alex Prior
This week we’re looking at some of the most incredible mass migrations in the natural world. With so many amazing journeys to choose from, deciding which ones to explore was far from easy.
Kicking things off today with the marine world, be sure to stay tuned this week to learn more about some of the most iconic and awe-inspiring voyages undertaken by land and air.
Pacific Salmon Run – North America and Canada
All five species of Pacific salmon migrate between freshwater and saltwater during their life cycle. Having made the journey from the freshwater streams in which they are born to the sea, they then return to these freshwater sites to lay their own eggs. Different ‘runs’ exist within the different species of Pacific salmon, with the Adams River sockeye run being one of the most famous. During their strenuous and lengthy spawning mission, the salmon face many different dangers, such as starvation (they do not feed once they leave their saltwater habitat) and hunting by humans, bears, otters and eagles. Man-made dams are increasingly posing a problem to the salmon. As if this was not enough to contend with, the salmon then fight one-another once they arrive at the breeding grounds.
Sardine Run – Southern Africa
This annual extravaganza is one of nature’s most impressive spectacles. The ‘run’ begins in the cool waters south of the African continent, where large shoals of sardines form before moving north into the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean. This mass migration of hundreds of millions of sardines is brought about by the movement of their main food source, plankton. As a cold-water current moves to the north, the sardines have no choice but to follow. This in turn attracts a vast array of predators to the area such as dolphins, sharks, sea birds and the immense Bryde’s whale, creating what has been dubbed ‘the greatest shoal on Earth’. The BBC’s incredible footage of the phenomenon is a truly amazing watch.
By Alex Prior