posted on Apr, 20 2011 @ 09:42 PM
"An eight-year project that tracked humpback whale migrations by satellite shows the huge mammals follow uncannily straight paths for weeks at a
The results suggest a single migratory mechanism isn’t responsible. Instead, humpbacks may use a combination of the sun’s position, Earth’s
magnetism and even star maps to guide their 10,000-mile journeys.
“Humpback whales are going across some of most turbulent waters in the world, yet they keep going straight,” said environmental scientist Travis
Horton of the University of Canterbury, whose team will publish their findings April 20 in Biology Letters. “They’re orienting with something
outside of themselves, not something internal.
Humpback whales feed during the summer near polar oceans and migrate to warm tropical oceans for the winter, where they mate and calves are born. A
one-way trip can last upwards of 5,000 miles, making the cetaceans one of the farthest-migrating animals on Earth. (One was tracked migrating 6,200
For the rest of article, along with photos check it out.
Pretty cool stuff, these whales might use the sun, and position of stars, along with other things invisible to us to travel. I think in the past we
had more connection to the universe than we do today. Egyptians for example.