Speed of Animals

Humpback Whale

Megaptera novaeangliae
length weight top speed (swimming) feels like
47'6" 33.1tons 16.8mph 2.1mph

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a baleen whale. The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex whale song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.

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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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feels like 39.1 mph

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top speed 16.8 mph
feels like 2.1 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.