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Trivial pursuit time! (which means you can't Google). How fast can land, sea, and air animals travel?

Asked by Call_Me_Jay (9165points) December 16th, 2017

Haven’t had one of these for awhile. Trivia time! What are the fastest recorded animal locomotion times?

1)
Fastest mammal speed

2)
Fastest bird speed

3)
Fastest fish speed

I looked at the answers, so I won’t guess. But I will give one clue – the fish surprised me. Also, reptiles are sluggards, they are not included in the question. If you have to get somewhere FAST!, do not depend on a reptile.

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CWOTUS's avatar

60 mph
90 mph
35 mph

funkdaddy's avatar

1) Cheetahs are supposed to be able to go 70+mph, seem to remember something about this being disproven, but I’ll go with it.

2) Falcons dive something like 200km/h (mph?), not sure on flying horizontally, that’s tricky to designate how much of a dive is allowed…

3) Aren’t barracudas supposed to do 55ish mph in bursts? Sailfish are fast too, but I think the cudas have it.

(don’t forget about those sweet lizards that run across water, that’s gotta count for something in the speed department)

filmfann's avatar

African or European?

Brian1946's avatar

1. Cheetah- about 70 MPH.

2. I think I read in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not that a frigate could reach speeds of 220 MPH.

3. ” ” ” ” that some sailfish have swam as fast as 68 MPH.

4. Bonus question: what are the fastest reptiles on land and in water?

My guess: crocodildos for both: 10 mph on land and 12 in water.

flutherother's avatar

1. 70mph
2. 120mph (when diving)
3. 25mph

ragingloli's avatar

Land: 1228 km/h
Water, above: 511 km/h
Water, below: 83 km/h in short bursts
Air: 28000 km/h

janbb's avatar

I read that alligators can run 17 miles an hour which made me decide never to try to race one.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I forgot to answer the question!

A surprise winner for the mammals
Mexican free-tailed bat
(in flight) 160 km/h (99 mph) Yowza!!

Cheetah is second at 120 km/h 75 mph

Birds
Peregrine falcon dives at 389 km/h (242 mph)

Fish
Black Marlin
129 km/h (80 mph)

Our pokey reptile friends
Central bearded dragon
40 km/h (25 mph)

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