Speed of Animals

Blue Whale

Balaenoptera musculus
length weight top speed (swimming) feels like
30m 170t 50km/h 3km/h

The blue whale is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales (called Mysticeti). At up to 32.9 metres (108 ft) in length and 172 metric tons (190 short tons) or more in weight, it is the largest animal ever to have existed.

Blue whales can reach speeds of 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph) over short bursts, usually when interacting with other whales, but 20 kilometres per hour (12 mph) is a more typical traveling speed. When feeding, they slow down to 5 kilometres per hour (3.1 mph).

Animals: land air water insect
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Graph: top speed feels like

Imagine what it's like for a tiny insect to jump and fly as quickly as they do. They might cover 40 body lengths in a second. To a six-foot person that's 164 mph. This site tries to understand how it feels to move like a fly, a squirrel, a cat, a rhinocerous, or a falcon.

Similar Animals

Blue Whale Blue Whale
Balaenoptera musculus
top speed 50 km/h
feels like 3 km/h

bluefin tuna bluefin tuna
Thunnus orientalis
top speed 70 km/h
feels like 63 km/h

Bottlenose Dolphin Bottlenose Dolphin
Tursiops truncatus
top speed 35 km/h
feels like 21 km/h

California Sea Lion California Sea Lion
Zalophus californianus
top speed 21.6 km/h
feels like 17.7 km/h

Great White Shark Great White Shark
Carcharodon carcharias
top speed 40 km/h
feels like 15 km/h

Humpback Whale Humpback Whale
Megaptera novaeangliae
top speed 27 km/h
feels like 3.4 km/h

killer whale killer whale
Orcinus orca
top speed 48.3 km/h
feels like 15 km/h

mako shark mako shark
Isurus oxyrinchus
top speed 50 km/h
feels like 32.1 km/h

sailfish sailfish
Istiophorus albicans, platypterus
top speed 110 km/h
feels like 66 km/h

striped marlin striped marlin
Tetrapturus audax
top speed 81 km/h
feels like 41.7 km/h

swordfish swordfish
Xiphias gladius
top speed 97 km/h
feels like 83.1 km/h

Tiger Shark Tiger Shark
Galeocerdo cuvier
top speed 32 km/h
feels like 15.4 km/h

Site concept, design, and creation by Alex Reisner. Animal descriptions are from Wikipedia and some silhouettes are from All Silhouettes.