One of the simplest ways for a predator to hunt its prey or for a preyed upon animal to escape a predator is to be very fast. This fact has not gone unnoticed in the Animal Kingdom and many different species rely on this attribute for their very survival. As a result of this there has been fierce competition in the natural world to become ever faster and faster – meaning that many animals have evolved over time so that they can now move at completely ridiculous speeds! Using the fastest speed recorded for each species, this post looks at the top 10 fastest animals on Earth and includes terrestrial animals, birds and fish…
10: Sailfish – 68mph/109kph
Sailfish, Istiophorus spp., are prized game fish that are found throughout the warmer oceans of the world.
Growing as big as 3 metres in length and weighing to be 90 kilograms, sailfish are top predators in many ocean ecosystems that mainly hunt fish and squid near to the ocean surface. The extravagant sail that gives the species its name is normally kept down when the fish is swimming, but is raised when it feels excited or threatened.
9: Eider duck – 70mph/113kph
The eider duck, Somateria mollissima., is the UK’s heaviest and fastest species of duck.
Eider ducks are found throughout the northern hemisphere and inhabit coastal regions, rarely venturing too far inland. This is mainly because their main source of food is mollusks, which are exposed on beaches during low tides.
8: Canvasback duck – 72mph/116kph
The canvasback duck, Aythya valisineria, is characterized by its long thin neck that it uses when diving to help it forage for underwater plants.
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