Top 10 Fastest Animals In The World (Land, Sea & Air)

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While comparing various classes of animals on our planet from the land, sea, and air, the following 10 are the top 10 fastest animals in the world of their kinds:

10. Central Bearded Dragon

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Class: Reptilia
Maximum Recorded Speed: 24.9 MPH or 40 KPH

The Central Bearded Dragon occurs in a band across the semi-arid interior of eastern Australian regions, wherever suitable habitat can be found. It has a low wide body shape, allowing it to hug surfaces when it is lying down. When walking however it walks with a high gate and can move with considerable speed.

9. Orca (Killer Whale)

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Class: Dolphin
Maximum Recorded Speed: 40 MPH or 65 KPH

Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest of the dolphins and one of the world’s most powerful predators. They are known to grab seals right off the ice and they also eat fish, squid, and seabirds.

8. American Quarter Horse

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Class: Horse
Maximum Recorded Speed: 55 MPH or 89 KPH

The American Quarter Horse is an American breed of horse that excels at sprinting short distances and was bred for performance and had considerable Thoroughbred blood as well as traits of other lines. American Quarter Horses are prized for their athleticism and their versatility, loyalty, and classic, well-muscled beauty.

7. Ostrich

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Class: Flightless bird
Maximum Recorded Speed: 60 MPH or 97 KPH

Ostrich is large flightless bird found only in the open country in Africa. The largest living bird, an adult male is about 9 feet tall and weigh more than 150 kg (330 pounds); the female is somewhat smaller. A frightened ostrich can achieve a speed of 72.5 km (45 miles) per hour quickly. If cornered, it can deliver dangerous kicks.

6. Shortfin Mako Shark (Blue Pointer)

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Class: Shark
Maximum Recorded Speed: 60 MPH or 97 KPH

The shortfin mako shark, also known as the blue pointer, is a large mackerel shark. The Maori word mako literally means “shark” as it often travels more than 1,300 miles and its diet consists mainly of squid and other fast swimming fish like tuna.

The shortfin mako is on record as the fastest-swimming shark, capable of bursts of speed up to 18.8 meters per second. The IUCN has declared this shark as an endangered species.

5. Pronghorn

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Class: Artiodactyl mammal
Maximum Recorded Speed: 61 MPH or 98.2 KPH

The Pronghorn is a uniquely North American mammal. Not only do Pronghorn have the longest land migration in the continental United States, they also are the fastest land animal in North America.

Pronghorn can run at speeds close to 60 miles an hour. Although pronghorn are not as fast as cheetahs, they can maintain a fast speed for a longer period of time than cheetahs.

Some other notable fast mammals in this class include Brown hare and Blue wildebeest with almost similar speeds.

4. Cheetah

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Class: Big Cat
Maximum Recorded Speed: 75 MPH or 120.7 KPH

The cheetah is famously the fastest land animal on the planet, running at up to 120 kilometers an hour (75 miles per hour). Its extreme speed means it achieves a kill on around half of its hunts.

Its legs are relatively long compared to its greyhound-like body; it has a big heart and lungs and wide nasal passages. After a high-speed chase, the cheetah desperately needs to rest for about half-an-hour – even before it eats its prey.

3. Black Marlin

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Class: Bony Fish
Maximum Recorded Speed: 80 MPH or 129 KPH

The Black Marlin is a well known commercial and recreational fishing species. The species occurs in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and sometimes also found in temperate waters.

In terms of outright top speed, the black marlin is the fastest fish in the ocean capable of accelerating to an unbelievable 129 km/h (80mph).

2. Mexican Free-Tailed Bat

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Class: Bat
Maximum Recorded Speed: 99.4 MPH or 160 KPH

The Mexican free-tailed bat ranges from the southern half of the continental United States through most of Mexico, and through most of Central America into South America. This medium-sized bat is also the fastest mammal in the world – having the fastest horizontal speed of any animal, reaching top ground speeds of over 160 km/h.

They have been clocked at average flight speeds of 60 miles per hour in level flight, but they can also attain maximum speeds of over 95 miles per hour using tailwinds.

1. Peregrine Falcon

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Class: Raptor
Maximum Recorded Speed: 242 MPH or 389 KPH

The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth. When not hunting, this bird generally flies between 40 and 60 mph. However, when diving to catch its prey, the peregrine falcon can reach speeds of up to 240 mph.

The peregrine falcon has many features that set it apart from other birds, making it one of the deadliest predators out there. These features are its keel, pointed wings, stiff feathers, and incredibly efficient respiratory and circulatory systems. The amazing speed of its heartbeat allows the peregrine falcon to flap its wings up to four times per second, contributing to its speed.

Just in case you are wondering, the fastest insect in the world is American tiger beetles that ran about 1.2 mph or .53 meters per second.