locomotion

Animals swim, walk, crawl, slither, squirm, and even fly through the air. They can catch free rides by attaching themselves to other creatures, or by traveling on drifting logs. There are almost as many different forms of locomotion, or ways of moving, as there are animals in the sea. Animals need to travel to hunt for prey, escape from predators, migrate for the season, or search for a mate.

Term: Locomotion
Definition: movement from one place to another
Examples of types of movement: walking, running, swimming, flying
Why animals do it: to find food, escape predators, find mates, and breathe underwater

Image credits: cheetah, Cheetah Conservation Fund jellyfish, NOAA, Kevin Raskoff hummingbird, AMNH Library PK392.