I was on my own when a friend asked this question on the fastest Animal on Earth. You should see the conflicts, hilarious answers and arguments that comes in regards to this question. But some of my friends got a few animals right, like Cheetah, etc.’
What about you? If you were asked this question, what will be your answer? Don’t worry, here is everything you need to know about the fastest Animals on Earth.
Important Note; Please be aware that this list is for the Fastest Animals on Earth, meaning that it compared all animals on Air, Land and Sea.
This is a very interesting list confirmed by National Geographic, and you get to know which Animals has the fastest speeds and who dominates this listing. Is this list dominated by Animals on Air, Land or Sea? Let’s see the answer together.
1. Peregrine Falcon
Taking the first position is a Bird, which is obviously an animal on air. We all know that birds have something of an advantage when it comes to speed, for reasons which are clearly seen, their feathers and ability to glide swiftly, and changing directions, curving and doing a 360 turn with seconds.
The animal with the fastest speed in the world today is the peregrine falcon, which is particularly swift, capable of reaching speeds of up to 200mph while at a dive, making it a fearsome hunter on air and Land. However, the Peregrine falcon does not like showcasing it’s prowess everytime, as most times, it does not fly this fast, but that hardly matters to its prey. It is the fastest animal on the planet when in a dive.
2. Frigate Bird
Taking 2nd position as the fastest animal on earth is the Frigate Bird. This spectacular avian makes the peregrine falcon look slow by comparison. The Frigate bird has the capability to reach a surprising speeds of up to 95 miles per hour, which is very much faster than you drive on the highway. It has the largest wingspan to body weight ratio and can stay in the air for intensely long period of time.
Now here is a fact about the Frigate bird that will blow your mind, the Frigate birds sometimes don’t touch down for over a week at times. This goes to show you what it means when I say these birds have the speed and endurance.
3. Sail Fish
3rd on this list is an Animal in the sea, thereby making it the fastest Animal in Sea or you can say, the fastest sea animal.. The fastest sea animal is the sail fish, which has the ability of reaching up to 68 miles per hour. Can you imagine a fish which is racing alongside your vehicle and keeping up with you when you’re in the highway? That’s one fast sea animal the Sail Fish is.
You know why it’s called the Sail fish right? The picture above explains it all. The major characteristic sail used when frightening or threatening other animals is its sail. However, Just like the champion it knows it is, the sail fish does not like showing off every time, Most times, it is kept folded up.
Finally, a Land animal make the list, but at the 4th position. Taking fourth position as the fastest Animal on Earth is the Cheetah. Thereby making it the fastest animal on Land. There is something amazing about the Cheetah and the Pronghorn Antelope, and that is the Cheetah is only slightly faster than the pronghorn antelope, and can reach speeds of up to 61 miles per hour. This record was set by an 11 year old cheetah in 2012 which is named Sarah. Unlike most of the other animals on this list, the cheetah is a predator and goes for other animals on land. It represents a serious threat to animals on this list that inhabit the same geographic areas (not just grasslands, but forest environments as well).
A feature about the cheetah which we should not overlook is that this animal is a sprinter, not a long distance runner, but when you decide to merge agility with speed, it makes up for deadly attack runs. Cheetahs are also very fast accelerators, and can ramp up their speed four times faster than any human beings can. They can also pull to a stop extremely fast too. Another interesting fact about the Cheetah is that the speed and agility of the cheetah is not matched by strength. The cheetah is kind of fragile and will lose in most fights with other predators. As a result, they will quickly surrender prey to competitors.
When a Cheetah meets other predators in fight, it usually lost, and an injured cheetah is not capable of running fast, which can put its life in danger.
5. Pronghorn Antelope
The second Fastest animal on Land is the Antelope, making it the 5th fastest animal on earth. If am to be honest, I would have argued that a Lion or Tiger is faster than an Antelope, but statistics proved my logic wrong. The ProngHorn Antelope has the ability to easily out-sprint most predators at speeds as high as 60 miles per hour. Interestingly enough, a pronghorn antelope is not actually an old world antelope, and can be found in North America continent.
Here’s a fact that will humble you, Almost all types of antelopes are quite fast as well, but not as fast as the pronghorn. The most amazing fact is that the ProngHorn Antelope is every bit faster than the predators which inhabit North America. This seems to indicate that it evolved its great speed at some point in the past under the threat of a now-extinct predator, perhaps the American cheetah. Imagine been Meals to wild cats, so the ProngHorn Antelope founding fathers decided to run, run, learn to run faster and faster than all it’s predators. Since it main enemy is the Cheetah, it competes against the best, which makes it the second fastest animal on land.
The pronghorn has a number of special adaptations that allow it to function at high speeds, including cushioned, pointed toes which built to absorb heavy shock, and extra large organs that assist with air intake at high speed, meaning it can run for long distances before growing weary.
6. Blue Wildebeest
Another swift land animal which must have evolved after been prey to predators is the Blue Wildebeest. Making the list as the 6th fastest animal in the world and 3rd fastest land Animal on land is the Blue Wildebeest. They are not quite as fast as the pronghorn, but are still pretty impressive at around 50 miles per hour, making it hard for the predators to make a meal out of them.
Sadly for the blue wildebeest, the lion’s fastest speed also matches it exactly. Lions can chase down their prey at around 50 miles per hour, making them extremely deadly predators on the plains. You could have expect the King of the Jungle to be the fastest animal on Land, but sadly, it is the 4th fastest Land animal and 7th fastest animal in the world.
8. Thomson’s Gazelle
The Thomson’s Gazelle is in the rank of the wildebeests and lions speed This animal has the ability of running at around 50 miles per hour. As you imagine, any chases between lions, cheetahs and gazelles can be quite intense as a result of their close speed matching.
Unfortunately for Thomson’s gazelles, they make excellent meals for Cheetah, and are highly preferred prey by the cheetahs, which are the fastest Land animals.
9. Brown Hare
Could you have imagined a Hare making this list? Then a moment of respect to the brown hare. This little creature is the 9th fastest animal on Land, and is capable of running extremely fast, reaching speeds of up to 47 miles per hour. The story of the tortoise and the hare is famous for a reason. Hares really are incredibly fast creatures, and they are capable of outrunning the majority of other animals, both big and small.
Before calling it off for the day, there are quite a lot of number of animals which run faster than the elk, but the elk deserves to be mentioned on this list as being among the fastest land Animals because it is a good deal larger and less “swift” looking than a gazelle or antelope.
Elks can be quite large, but hey, don’t ever be fooled by their size and build. The elk has the ability of running at speeds as high as 45 miles per hour. Do not make an elk angry. If it charges you, it is going to win and you may not live to tell the story joyously.