WHAT IS THE WORLDS FASTEST ANIMAL?
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This is an excellent question specifically designed by children to make their parents look dumb. However, when a question such as this encompasses the whole entire earth you must then consider the skies and the seas. So to begin with, what is the fastest creature in the sea?
The world’s fastest fish is the Indo-Pacific sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus. This sportfish can swim up to 68 miles per hour which is an increadible speed, especially when compared to the fastest living land animal which can reach a top speed of between 70 and 75 mph!
What are Sailfish?
Sailfish are two species of fish in the genus Istiophorus, living in warmer sections of all the oceans of the world. They are predominately blue to gray in color and have a characteristic erectile dorsal fin known as a sail, which often stretches the entire length of the back. Another notable characteristic is the elongated bill, resembling that of the swordfish and other marlins. They are therefore described as billfish in sport fishing circles.
As fast as that may be, there is a land animal that is even faster, but not by as much as you think!
The Cheetah is the fastest land animal, reaching a top speed of between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph), but they are only able to maintain this in short bursts otherwise they would quickly overheat!
During their high speed sprints they can cover distances up to 460 m (1,500 ft), and have the ability to accelerate from 0 to 103 km/h (64 mph) in three seconds. That's faster than most super cars! It is amazing statistic like these that confirm the cheetah's status as the worlds fastest land animal.