Do you ever wonder which animal is the fastest in the world? We know that cheetahs can reach speeds of up to 75 mph and peregrine falcons can dive at a speed of 200 mph. But what if we told you there’s an animal whose top speed eclipses even these incredible speeds? Get ready to discover the incredible speed of the world’s fastest animal!
When it comes to who holds the world record for fastest land speed, there’s no easy answer. There are a few contenders out there, but the main four you should know about are cheetahs, pronghorns, sailfish and peregrine falcons.
Cheetahs are the fastest of the four and can reach speeds of up to 75 mph (120 km/h). Pronghorns come in second at 61 mph (98 km/h), followed by sailfish at 67 mph (108 km/h) and finally peregrine falcons at 200 mph (320 km/h)! Though peregrine falcons have the highest recorded airspeed, they don’t technically count as an animal with the highest land speed since they fly rather than run.
But what other animals could potentially break these records? Horses and greyhounds have been known to reach speeds of up to 45 mph (72 km/h) while tigers can top out at around 35 mph (56 km/h). However, none of these animals holds a candle to the Big Four when it comes to pure speed!
Even within the Big Four group, each animal has its own speciality. For example, cheetahs hold the record for running short distances quickly; in one race a cheetah ran 100 meters in just 6.13 seconds! Pronghorns on the other hand are better suited for long distance sprinting; they’ve been recorded running for over 10 miles without stopping! Sailfish meanwhile hold two speed records-they’re able to swim up to 68 mph (109 km/h) while leaping out of water they can jump up to nearly 70mph (113km/h)! And lastly, peregrine falcons take the cake when it comes to flying speeds-diving towards their prey they can reach speeds of up to 200mph(320km/h)!
So who is officially crowned as fastest animal on earth? Well, that depends on what type of race you’re talking about! Cheetahs seem to be unrivaled when it comes to short distances like 100 meters or less; pronghorns reign supreme during lengthy runs; sailfish always have a leg up when it comes swimming races and peregrine falcons fly away with honors any time aerial acrobatics are involved.
At present these four animals remain uncrowned as some of nature’s greatest speed demons but that doesn’t mean other species won’t try their luck at sneaking into this elite club one day! So keep your eyes peeled-you never know who might make history next as fastest animal on earth!