The fastest animal in the world


  • 1 fastest animal
  • 2 cheetah is the fastest wild animal in the world
  • 3 The fastest wild animal after a cheetah
  • 4 the peregrine falcon is the fastest bird in the world
  • 5 Sailfish is the fastest marine animal in the world
  • 6 the fastest fish after the Abu Sail fish
  • 7 general information about the speed of some animals
  • 8 References

The fastest animals

When a simple question is asked: What is the fastest animal in the world? The answer will not be as simple as it might seem at first glance, it is not fair to compare the speed of animals that fly in the air, with those that swim in the water, or those that run on land, because each environment has its own conditions, and each environment requires special adaptations to enable the animal that lives It can start at full speed.

The cheetah is the fastest wild animal in the world

The hunter cheetah (scientific name: Acinonyx jubatus) is ranked first in wild animals in terms of speed, (meaning the word wild, meaning that it lives on land), hunter cheetah can run at a speed of up to 64.8 miles per hour (29 meters per second) except that His speed is visible only in short distances, so it is known that the cheetah cannot keep its speed for a long time. [1]

The hunter cheetah is distinguished by a cylindrical body covered with a yellowish-brown fur, with black patches ranging in diameter from 2-3 centimeters, while the lower abdomen is white in color and there are no dots on it, the cheetah has a narrow and deep chest, and a long tail that ends with a large white tuft, and has a relatively small head, Two high eyes descend from each angle, a black line that runs from the side of the nose down to the mouth, called the tear line, and this line helps protect the eyes from the glare of the sun . The weight of the hunter cheetah is between 40 and 65 kilograms, while the length of its body ranges between 115 and 135 centimeters, while the length of its tail is up to 84 centimeters, and the male cheetah can not be distinguished from the female in terms of external appearance, but the males may be slightly larger, And her heads are a little bit bigger. [2]

The fastest wild animal after the cheetah

Here are the names of some wild animals that can run quickly, but at a lower speed than the cheetah: [3]
  • American Antelope (English: Pronghorn Antelope) and reaches a speed of 60 miles per hour.
  • Blue nucleus (English: Blue wildebeest), speeds up to 50 miles per hour.
  • Lion (English: Lion) and reaches a speed of 50 miles per hour, too.
  • Thomson's Gazelle (English: Thomson's gazelle) has a speed of 50 miles per hour.
  • The brown hare (English: brown hare) has a speed of 48 miles per hour.

Al Shaheen is the fastest bird in the world

The peregrine falcon, or falcon falcon (scientific name: Falco peregrinus) is the fastest bird ever, although although its speed during normal flight does not exceed 40-60 miles per hour, this speed doubles up to 220 miles per hour (354 km / An hour) when swooping, which helps the peregrine fly so quickly its smooth body shape, pointed wings, strong chest muscles, and strong feathers that reduce air friction. [1]

The peregrine bird is the most common type of bird of prey, spreading in all continents of the world, settling in the rocky open places near the water where the birds abound , and most of the peregrine birds build their nests on the rocky outcrops, but some of them settle the nests of other birds that they build on trees , or on Tall buildings like skyscrapers. The length of the shaheen ranges between 33 - 48 cm and the color of its feathers is gray to blue from the top, whereas from the bottom, the color of the feathers is white, or white to yellow, with black bars. [4]

The number of peregrine birds decreased in the aftermath of the Second World War due to the use of insecticides such as (DDT) and dieldrin, which caused the reduction of calcium in the peregrine egg, which made it brittle and more prone to breakage, but the numbers increased again after the ban on the use of organic chlorine pesticides. [4]

Sailfish is the fastest marine animal in the world

Sailfish, or Abu Sailfish (scientific name: Istiophorus ) whose speed is more than 68 miles per hour (110 km / hour) is the fastest fish. [1] The Abu Saila fish is famous for its beautiful colors, so the body color from the dorsal side is dark blue, and from the ventral side it is white with brown spots, and there are 20 strips of blue dots on each side of the fish body, while the fins are often Blue is black, with the exception of anal fins that are white in color. The sailfish is also distinguished by a very long dorsal fin in the form of a sail, and this sail is usually folded down during swimming, but it is raised up when the sailfish faces its enemies to appear to be much larger than its real size, in fact it is not more than three meters in length, and rarely It weighs more than 90 kg. [5]

The fastest fish after the Abu Sail fish

Although there is disagreement in some references regarding the speed of fish whose speed is less than the speed of the fish of Abu sail, the fish can be arranged according to its speed from the fastest to the lowest speed as follows: [6]
  • Swordfish (English: Swordfish) has a speed of 60 miles per hour.
  • Marlin fish (English: Marlin fish) with a speed of 50 miles per hour.
  • Wahoo fish (English: Wahoo fish) has a speed of 48 miles per hour.
  • Tuna (English: Tuna) has a speed of 46 miles per hour.
  • Bonito (English: Bonito) has a speed of up to 40 mph.

General information about the speed of some animals

Below we learn about the fastest animal among marine mammals, reptiles, molluscs, and insects: [1]
  • The fastest marine mammals are common dolphins (English: dolphins) and speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (64 km / h).
  • The fastest reptile is the Spiny-tailed Iguanas (English: Spiny-tailed Iguanas), with a top speed of 21.5 mph (35 km / h).
  • The fastest mollusk is squid, and Humboldt squid (English: Humboldt) and jumbo squid (English: Jumbo squid) reach 15 miles per hour (24 km / h).
  • The fastest insects are the Australian tiger beetle (English: The Australian tiger beetle) and can reach a speed of 5.6 miles per hour (9 km / h).

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