The fastest animals in the world

Which are the fastest animals in the air, on land and in water?

Here is a list of the 18 fastest animals in the world. We also have exciting background information for you – for example, how their speed is measured in the first place, and why animals don’t always move at maximum speed.

Would you have thought that a peregrine falcon almost as fast in a nosedive is like a formula 1 race car? And, that a gepard, the fastest land animal, probably too fast for an ordinary speedometer would be?

Fastest animals by type of locomotion

To clarify right away, which animals are the fastest fly, run and swim, here come the absolute top 3:

fastest animal in the air peregrine falcon 322 km/h
fastest animal on land gepard 90-120 km/h
fastest animal in water fan fish 75-110 km/h

The 18 fastest animals in the world

fastest bird (in a dive) peregrine falcon 322 km/h
fastest mammal (flying) bulldog bat 160 km/h
fastest bird (flying) gray-headed albatross 127 km/h
fastest land animal (short distance) gepard 90-120 km/h
fastest fish fanfish 75-110 km/h
fastest land animal (long distance) mexic. pronghorn 88 km/h
fastest bird (when running) ostrich 70 km/h
fastest dog greyhound 70 km/h
fastest rabbit field hare 70 km/h
fastest marine mammal orca 65 km/h
fastest marsupial kangaroo 55 km/h
fastest insect (when flying) noble A. Costalis 50 km/h
fastest seal california. Sea lion 40 km/h
fastest bird (in water) gentoo penguin 36 km/h
fastest reptile (in water) leatherback turtle 35 km/h
fastest reptile (running) black iguana 34,9 km/h
fastest insect (running) sand run buyer 9 km/h
fastest starfish sun star 3 m/minute

cheetah – photo: stuart G porter/shutterstock

average or maximum speed

Animals that live on the escape or on the hunting are, can very fast for a short time move. If you are a little late, because otherwise you miss the bus or the first lesson of school, then you also run much faster than usual.

but: you won’t be running around at this speed all day long. That would be much too strenuous. It’s the same with animals. The speeds mentioned here are therefore only valid for short distances.

How to measure the speed of animals?

For example cameras are also used in road traffic to speed up speeding motorists.

There are also stopwatches used or collars with a speedometer in them. Some scientists follow the animals by car and read the speed from the speedometer. But what do all these technologies have in common?

The speed can be not absolutely accurate are measured. Therefore, there are always different statements and everyone claims to be right. Not infrequently, this leads to disputes among scientists. wildlife.De therefore specifies speeds with "from to". So z. B. 90-120 km/h.

Take the cheetah, for example:

Driving a car next to him would be pointless, because he changes direction often and quickly, and as a wild animal he cannot be trained to run along a long, straight stretch of road.

To measure his speed, you put a collar on him and wait until he hunts a prey animal. But that still means a long time not, that the gepard does as fast as POSSIBLE runs. To keep his strength in check, he runs only as fast as NEEDED. And that also only 400-500 m.

Fun facts

Cockroaches are faster than thought

It is also astonishing that some animals are only supposedly slow. A cockroach can easily keep up with a man marching at full speed, but the sand-running beetle is even faster. And if you don’t pedal fast enough, you could be overtaken by an iguana!

More articles about fast animals: here you will find everything about the fastest land animals, the fastest birds in the world and the fastest fishes.

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