When we talk about migration we usually mean that
animals are moving a long way, usually at a
If animals live in a pond all the time, they
probably are not migrating. Some do move to
different places at different times, though.
Sometimes fish stay on the edges of ponds
after they hatch. This makes it harder for
big fish to eat them. The little fish can hide in
the weeds and move in places too small for the big
fish. When they get older, they move into deeper
parts of the pond.
Frogs hatch in ponds. As they grow from
tadpoles to adults, they grow legs and move onto
Some small shrimp-like animals stay in the
dark, deep parts of the pond during the day so
that hungry fish won’t see them. They move toward
the surface at night to eat tiny bits of food in
the water. The dark protects them from being seen.
Turtles and frogs may spend the winter
buried in the mud at the bottom of the pond.
Can you think of any reasons an animal might
leave a pond to go to another one or to go on
You may be interested in studying animal
behavior or aquatic biology.
Thanks for asking,