26 Incredible Photos Of Animal Migration


Animals pick up their lives and move elsewhere for a number of reasons, often it has to do with the weather, and sometimes it’s all about finding the perfect place to lay eggs. No matter the reasons, animal migrations are incredible to witness, as thousands of the same species are seen together in a large group, all at one time.

Animal migrations cause unexpected things to occur, like the sagging of a tree branch due to the weight of so many butterflies. The feat can also be inspiring, for instance some birds fly straight from Alaska to New Zealand without ever stoping to take a break. Certain types of fish also take part in the magic of migration, traveling to different depths of the sea in search of more favorable waters.

Check out these 26 incredible examples of animal migration, prepared to be amazed!

1. Greater Flamingos In Yucatan Peninsula


2. White Ibis Migration 

White Ibis birds tracked in the US have been found as far as Mexico, Cuba, and South America.


3. Stingrays Migrating In Baja, Mexico

If you happen to be in the right place at the right time you can see scores of stingrays migrating biannually to more comfortable waters.


4. Pronghorns Migrating In Canada 

Pronghorns are known to travel great distances in order to find more suitable living conditions each winter. An ongoing study on the species has uncovered their Canadian migration route stretches over 160 miles.


5. Fireflies In Japan

While fireflies are not known to migrate, if you see one you are bound to see hundreds, if not thousands.


6. Munk’s Devil Rays In Baja, Mexico 


7. Christmas Island Red Crabs

These crabs are well known for their annual migration, where masses head to the ocean to lay their eggs.


8. White Pelicans In Mississippi 


9. Red Crowned Cranes Fly Over Hula Lake, Israel 


10. Monarch Butterflies In Mexico 

Each year during autumn, millions of monarch butterflies travel an amazing 3,000 miles from Canada and the northeastern U.S. to the volcanic mountains of central Mexico. Here, they all gather at their ancestral wintering grounds. How a new generation of butterflies uncovers the same location each year remains a mystery.


11. The Great Migration Of The Wildebeest Over Mara River, Northern Serengeti 

During migration, the wildebeest is accompanied by large amounts of zebra, as well as gazelle, eland, and impala. The wildebeest spends much of the year migrating to different locations.


12. Walruses In Svalbard 


13. African Buffaloes In Migration


14. Spawn In Taylor Creek, California, USA


15. Golden Jellyfish In Palau

The golden jellyfish spends most of its life migrating; everyday this awesome sea creature migrates across the water following the sun’s arc up in the sky.


16. Butterflies In Tucavaca, Bolivia 


17. Locusts In Madagascar 

Locusts only migrate if the population has become too overrun. Young locusts develop the migration gene if certain environmental conditions are present; one of these factors is hot weather. Migratory locusts do not generally produce migratory offspring.


18. Ladybugs Migrate To The Seaside In Blokhus, Denmark 

Not all ladybug species migrate; many simply burrow under ground, or seek refuge in the warm walls of houses. Here they do not develop, growth is paused for as long as 6-months, until seasons change and ladybugs can return to their normal ways of life.


19. Fruit Bats In Zambia


20. Antelopes In Namibia 


21. Wildebeests Migrating Through Kenya 


22. The Great Snow Geese Migrating Over Canada 


23. Wall of Sharks In Fakarava 


24. School Of Grayling Swimming In Yukon, Canada 


25. Caribou Migration In Canada 


26. Sandpipers Flock Together In Canada


Photo Credits: Eduardo Lopez NegreteJames ShadleRobert B. HaasFlorian SchulzKei NomiyamaJoel BergerJoel SartoreAnnie GriffithsNational GeographicIdo Meirovichpendens proditorNicole CambréMax OrchardLuo HongNational Geographic, Joe ChanSteffen ReichleGuidoWill Burrard-Lucas, Michele MartinelliSuzy StalsSergey AgapovToni ChowdhuryAmanda HorsfordtundrapaddlerDon TruppJohn Stager