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14 of the greatest animal migrations

By: Bryan Nelson on Sept. 27, 2010, 9 a.m.
sharks swim beneath a dive boat

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Many shark species travel thousands of miles through open water every year, scouring the ocean for food.

The great white shark is a long-distance traveler, with some making the journey across the Indian Ocean, between South Africa and Australia and back again, over the course of a year.

The larger, gentler whale shark is another known migrant, though its migratory patterns are not well-understood.