Speed of Animals

Great White Shark

Carcharodon carcharias
length weight top speed (swimming) feels like
15'8" 1763.7lb 24.9mph 9.3mph

The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, also known as great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. The great white shark is very well known for its size, because it can exceed 6 metres (20 ft) in length and 2,240 kilograms (4,938 lb) in weight. It becomes sexually mature at around 15 years of age and has a lifespan of 30 to over 100 years. The great white shark is arguably the world’s largest known predatory fish, eating dolphins, porpoises, whale carcasses and pinnipeds such as seals, fur seals and sea lions. It is the only surviving species of its genus, Carcharodon.

The best selling novel Jaws and the subsequent film by Steven Spielberg provided the great white shark with the image of a “man eater” in the public mind. In reality, humans are not appropriate prey for white sharks.

Animals: land air water insect
feet meters
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

bluefin tuna bluefin tuna
Thunnus orientalis
top speed 43.5 mph
feels like 39.1 mph

Bottlenose Dolphin Bottlenose Dolphin
Tursiops truncatus
top speed 21.7 mph
feels like 13 mph

California Sea Lion California Sea Lion
Zalophus californianus
top speed 13.4 mph
feels like 11 mph

Emperor penguin Emperor penguin
Aptenodytes forsteri
top speed 4.7 mph
feels like 7 mph

Great White Shark Great White Shark
Carcharodon carcharias
top speed 24.9 mph
feels like 9.3 mph

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

sailfish sailfish
Istiophorus albicans, platypterus
top speed 68.4 mph
feels like 41 mph

Sea Otter Sea Otter
Enhydra lutris
top speed 5.6 mph
feels like 7.5 mph

striped marlin striped marlin
Tetrapturus audax
top speed 50.3 mph
feels like 25.9 mph

swordfish swordfish
Xiphias gladius
top speed 60.3 mph
feels like 51.7 mph

Tiger Shark Tiger Shark
Galeocerdo cuvier
top speed 19.9 mph
feels like 9.5 mph

wahoo wahoo
Acanthocybium solandri
top speed 47.8 mph
feels like 43.1 mph

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