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.

Sea Animals

American eel American eel
Anguilla rostrata
top speed 2.4 mph
feels like 4.4 mph

barracuda barracuda
Sphyraena argentea
top speed 27.3 mph
feels like 41 mph

Blue Whale Blue Whale
Balaenoptera musculus
top speed 31.1 mph
feels like 1.9 mph

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

Chinstrap Penguin Chinstrap Penguin
Pygoscelis antarcticus
top speed 20.1 mph
feels like 53.1 mph

Common Octopus Common Octopus
Octopus vulgaris
top speed 24.9 mph
feels like 59.7 mph

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

flying fish flying fish
Cypselurus californicus
top speed 35.1 mph
feels like 126.4 mph

Gentoo penguin Gentoo penguin
Pygoscelis papua
top speed 22.4 mph
feels like 57.5 mph

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

Humpback Whale Humpback Whale
Megaptera novaeangliae
top speed 16.8 mph
feels like 2.1 mph

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

King penguin King penguin
Aptenodytes patagonicus
top speed 5 mph
feels like 9.9 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

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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.