What is the fastest animal in the world?

Did you answer the cheetah?

Cheetahs can hit speeds up to 29 meters per second (or about 64 miles per hour).

Compare this with the sailfish. These large billed fish, in the same family as marlins and swordfish, have been known to reach speeds of about 30 m/s (68 mph) when they breach the waves. These big-billed-beasts move so fast on a normal basis, they’ve evolved special tissues that heat up their eyeball nerves so they can process images at race-car speed and precision.”

But a study on a gyrfalcon named Kumpan, was found to accelerate to speeds between 52 and 58 m/s (~116 and 129 mph) after free-falling from a height of 500 meters (~1640 feet). Another experiment by National Geographic clocked a peregrine falcon at nearly 82 m/s (183 mph), though this bird was taxied up to 4,572 meters (15,000 feet) in a plane before its record-breaking dive.

So there we have the fastest animal on land, the fastest animal in water, and the fastest animal in the air.

But are they really the fastest animals on the planet earth?

Read on at the link below where they explain about the fastest animal movement being to the lowly little termite, and the fastest cells belong to a jellyfish (nematocyst).

Source: http://www.fastcompany.com/3040131/superlatives-week/the-fastest-animal-on-earth-is-not-a-cheetah

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh 

DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.


Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
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