Return regularly to the same seasonal feeding locations.
Some in the Pacific Ocean
migrate to Australia's west
Here’s the migration of a whale shark that was tagged
Don’t all follow one pattern.
Different ages go different ways.
Very spread out.
Normally migrate in spring.
Some migrations can take years.
Range of location of the whale shark.
Why do animals migrate
To find food. (Whale Shark)
To find a better climate.
To find breeding grounds.
Here are some migrating stingrays
The humpback whale migrates up to 5,000 miles to find breeding grounds and then migrates back for food.
The monarch butterfly travel 2000 miles from Canada to Mexico to find a better climate.
The Pacific salmon spends its adult life in the ocean the migrates upstream to the river it was born in to breed.
The bar-tailed godwit is a bird that migrates from Alaska to New Zealand, non-stop in search for a better climate.
The largest fish on earth.
Can be as big as a school bus (46 feet).
Average weight is 20 tons.
Eat plankton and small fish.
Prefer 75 degree water.
Spots and stripes help them
Other facts #2
Have approximately 3000 tiny teeth.
They are fish not whales.
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