Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bird tracked flying 7,000 miles non-stop, a world record

The bar-tailed godwit can fly 7,000 miles without sleep, food or drink, "a journey previously thought only to be possible by aircraft…"



According to
a Washington Post report, the godwit's migration was tracked by satellite and it smashes the previous record for "nonstop, muscle-powered fligh" held by eastern curlews (a can go 4,000 miles).

When making the epic journey, godwit's expend energy at 10-times the rate they do when resting (the basal metabolic rate). Human beings engaged in strenuous athletic competition only reach a six-times increase over basal metabolism.

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