Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet

Articles Jun 22, 2019 08:13

Some animals soaring through the air, others swim through oceans and the rest run on land. Here are our top 10 quickest animal ever on this planet Earth.

10. Brown Hare

The Brown Hare’s long back legs enable them to reach speeds of 77kph (48mph), the same speed as their predator the red fox.

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet
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9. Blue Wildebeest

The Blue Wildebeest, Springbok and Thompson’s gazelle can all run at about 80kph (50mph) which almost exactly matches the top speed of a lion.

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet
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8. Marlin

Marlin can swim at 80kph (50mph), just beaten for the title of the world’s fastest fish by the super speedy Sail Fish.

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet
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7. Pronghorn Antelope

The Pronghorn antelope is the second fasted land animal and at 98kph (60mph) can out-sprint predators.

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet
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6. Sail Fish

The sail fish is easily the world’s fastest fish, speeding through the water at 110kph (68mph)!

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet
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5. Cheetah

The cheetah is skilled at running down fast prey and can reach a top speed of 113kph (70mph).  That’s three times faster than the top running speed for a human which is about 36kph (22mph)! Cheetahs have a skill that no other big cat has, find out what that is in our Animal A-Z section.

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet

4. Spur-Winged Goose

The Spur-Winged Goose is the world’s largest goose and can fly at 142kph (88mph).

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet
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3. Frigate Bird

The frigate bird’s speed of 153kph(95mph) is helped by having the largest wingspan to body weight ratio of any bird. They are able to stay aloft for more than a week at a time!

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet
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2. White Throated Needletail

The White Throated Needletail (also known as the Spine Tailed Swift) is the fastest bird in powered flight, with a top recorded speed of 171kph/106mph!

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet
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1. Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird, and in fact the fastest animal on the planet, when in its hunting dive, the stoop, in which it soars to a great height, then dives steeply at speeds of over 322kph (200mph). It reaches horizontal cruising speeds of up to 90 kph (56mph). Find out more fascinating information on Peregrine Falcons in our Animals A-Z section.

Countdown 10 of the quickest animal on the planet
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Source: https://onekindplanet.org/top-10/top-10-worlds-fastest-animals/

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