We, humans, are made with great brain strength to secure vehicles for our journey, create fat, and even reach space. But when it comes to inborn strength to move, we just can’t beat animals. Some animals have got incredible speed, be it migration, catching the prey, or looking for shelter.
How fast can your legs be? Maybe 30 to 40 miles per hour, theoretically! Research suggests that average sprint speed of humans is no more than 12 to 15 mph. Now you may be wondering, ‘Isn’t that enough?” As you see, sprint speed of 15 mpg is not enough to beat any of the following fastest animals in this world (including land-based, aquatic, and aerial animals).
Some of these animals can easily give competition to the speed of a supercar. Let’s check out some of the fastest creatures on earth.
11. Brown Hare (70km/h)
They inhabit in a very exposed environment. But they have very acute senses and they can run at the top speed of 70 km/h to avoid predators. They make small depression on ground and use their burrows. They are very fast creatures and they can easily outrun most of the predators.
10. Elk (72.4 km/h)
Unlike antelope or gazelle, elk looks less ‘swift’ and a bit larger. They are pretty large but don’t go with their size. It can run up to 45 miles per hour. Don’t make him angry as they can easily chase on you. It is one of the largest deer species in the world.
9. Thomson’s Gazelle (80 km/h)
It is yet another creature in the deer category. Its speed matches up to the same of lions and wildebeests. They can also run at 50 miles per hour. But they can easily run zigzag, to save itself from predators. Chases between lions and gazelles are really very interesting as their speed closely match. They are cheetah’s favorite prey, which is the fastest mammal on earth.
8. Lion (Top Speed – 80 km/h)
The King of the Jungle, Lion is the leading member of big cat family. Also known as African Lion, Lion can run at the speed which actually matches to that of Blue Wildebeest. They can chase their prey down at such a great speed. So, they are very deadly predators on the landscapes.
7. Blue Wildebeest (Top Speed – 80.5 km/h)
Usually, Blue Wildebeest is active in morning and late afternoon. They spend hottest hours of the day by resting. These animals are wary and extremely agile and they can easily run at 80.5 km/h, though not as fast as pronghorn. While running, they toss their heads and wave their tails.
6. Pronghorn Antelope (around 90 km/hr)
When it comes to speed, these antelopes come after cheetah. It can easily reach up to 60 miles per hour to outsprint most predators. A pronghorn antelope is not like other old-world antelopes. It is found widely in North America. Antelopes are fast but not faster than pronghorn. It is a lot faster than most predators that inhabit North America. It seems that the secret of such a great speed is the threat in the past from American cheetah, the predator species which is now extinct. It has a lot of special adaptations so it can easily run at high speed, including pointed, cushioned shock-absorbent toes, and extra large organs for air intake.
5. Sail Fish (109.19 km/hr)
Sailfish is inarguably the fastest sea animal. It can speed up to 68 miles per hour (110 km/hr approx). Its speed can easily give competition to your car driving on the highway. It’s the fastest sea animal that you can surely imagine it to race along your car and keep up with you. When it is scared, a characteristic sail is used.
4. Cheetah (110 to 120 km/hr)
Cheetah is the undisputed king in the world of fastest land animals. Cheetah is the fastest mammal on earth and a bit faster than pronghorn antelope. It can easily reach up to 61 miles per hour, a record set in 2012 by an 11 year old cheetah, Sarah. It is a predator which is the way too threatening to animals as it inhibits not only grasslands, but also the forests. Instead of being a long distance runner, Cheetah is a sprinter, which matches speed and agility to perform deadly attacks on its prey.
They are also incredibly fast accelerators and they can easily speed up to 4 times faster than humans. They also stop very fast by pulling themselves. It is quite surprising that the agility and speed cannot be matched by its strength. Cheetah often loses in most fights with tigers and lions, and it is quite fragile. Hence, they often end up compromising its meals to other predators. Once it is injured, it cannot run faster, which leads to death.
3. White-Throated Needletail Swift (169 km/h)
Also known as needle-tailed swift, the white throated needletail is a large swift which is widely known to reach around 170 km/hr of speed, though it’s not been verified yet. These birds are known to have very short legs they use just to cling to vertical surfaces. They are used to build nests in hollow trees or cliffs. They never settle on the ground and live most of their lives flying. They catch the insects in their beaks. They breed in Rocky Mountains in southern Siberia and central Asia.
2. Golden Eagle (up to 240 to 320 km/h)
The Golden Eagle is among the best known birds in Northern Hemisphere. It is one of the most common eagle species. Like other eagles, it also comes from Accipitridae family. They are usually dark brown with brown-lighter golden plumage on the napes. Some of the immature eagles have white tail and white markings on their wings. They use both their speed and agility with massive, sharp talons and powerful feet to snatch different prey, especially rabbits, hares, marmots and several ground squirrels.
1. Peregrine Falcon (389 km/h)
The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird and the fastest animal kingdom member. In its hunting dive, horizontal level flight, and the stoop, it is not fast enough. But it can fly at a great height and dives well at around 320 km/h. These animals can live in all regions, except snowy areas of Antarctica. They are known to have long tails and sharp long wings to move faster in air. They also have great eye sight to sense its prey from such a great height. They used to make nests in skyscrapers and high cliffs, especially around ocean. Small ocean birds are their favorite prey. Every year, they fly thousands of miles to migrate from continent to continent.