What's it
like to be
an animal?

If you're six feet tall, 10 miles per hour probably doesn't feel very fast. But what if you were just six inches tall, like a squirrel? Relative to the size of your body 10 mph would be quite a bit faster. This site shows the top speeds of animals, and how fast they would be going if they were your size (ie, what their speed feels like to them).

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.

Insects

dragonfly dragonfly
Anax parthenope
top speed 29 km/h
feels like 522 km/h

horse-fly horse-fly
Hybomitra hinei
top speed 145 km/h
feels like 6525 km/h

housefly housefly
Musca domestica
top speed 7.2 km/h
feels like 1305 km/h

mosquito mosquito
Aedes albopictus
top speed 2 km/h
feels like 225 km/h

Southern Dart Southern Dart
Ocybadistes walkeri
top speed 48.4 km/h
feels like 2178 km/h

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