Speed of Animals

eider duck

Somateria mollissima
wingspan weight top speed (flying) feels like
3'2" 4.7lb 70.2mph 130.3mph

The Common Eider, Somateria mollissima, is a large (50–71 cm body length) sea-duck, which is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat farther south in temperate zones, when it can form large flocks on coastal waters.

The eider’s nest is built close to the sea and is lined with the celebrated eiderdown, plucked from the female’s breast. This soft and warm lining has long been harvested for filling pillows and quilts, but in more recent years has been largely replaced by down from domestic farm-geese and synthetic alternatives. Although true Eiderdown pillows or quilts are now a rarity, eiderdown harvesting continues and is sustainable, as it can be done after the ducklings leave the nest with no harm to the birds.

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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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top speed 70.2 mph
feels like 130.3 mph

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top speed 95.1 mph
feels like 74.4 mph

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top speed 62.1 mph
feels like 61.5 mph

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top speed 36.7 mph
feels like 97 mph

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top speed 80.2 mph
feels like 189.3 mph

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top speed 121.2 mph
feels like 175.9 mph

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