750 miles per day for 11 days, no rest

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Scientist Jesse Conklin holds a Bar-Tailed Godwit chick not far from Nome. This was about a month before the bird embarked on an 8,425-mile nonstop flight to Tasmania that took 11 days without rest. Photo by Dan Ruthrauff.

A bird the size of your fist has made humans all over the world marvel at the things we can’t do.

Like fly. For 11 days straight, from Alaska to Tasmania, your toes not touching earth or water. That’s an average of 765 miles each day, enough to tire a long-haul truck driver burning diesel on the interstates rather than body fat gained from tiny clams.

The bird that became

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