Speed of Animals

Blue Whale

Balaenoptera musculus
length weight top speed (swimming) feels like
98'5" 187.4tons 31.1mph 1.9mph

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).

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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.

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Balaenoptera musculus
top speed 31.1 mph
feels like 1.9 mph

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top speed 24.9 mph
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top speed 16.8 mph
feels like 2.1 mph

killer whale killer whale
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top speed 30 mph
feels like 9.3 mph

mako shark mako shark
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top speed 31.1 mph
feels like 20 mph

sailfish sailfish
Istiophorus albicans, platypterus
top speed 68.4 mph
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striped marlin striped marlin
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top speed 50.3 mph
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Site concept, design, and creation by Alex Reisner. Animal descriptions are from Wikipedia and some silhouettes are from All Silhouettes.