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Fastest Animals on the Planet

Everyone knows cheetahs are fast, but there are quite a few other fast animals that will surprise you.

Fastest Animals on the Planet

1.

180
mph

Peregrine Falcon

180 Miles per Hour
Peregrine Falcon

This amazing bird has been clocked at speeds up to 180 mph while diving as seen in the video above.

2.

80
mph

Black Marlin

80 Miles per Hour
Black Marlin

Different marlin species exist, ranging in size from 6 to 16 feet in length. They've been known to weigh anywhere from 150 - 1,500 pounds. This rare Marlin can swim up to 80 miles per hour and is considered the fastest fish on earth.

3.

70
mph

Cheetah

70 Miles per Hour
Cheetah

While the cheetah, unlike most cats, can not climb, it has been clocked at speeds just over 70 miles per hour - making it one of the fastest animal found on land today.

4.

68
mph

Sailfish

68 Miles per Hour
Sailfish

Sailfish can be found in just about any warm watered ocean around the world. They usually grow to around 4 feet in length during their first year of life and have been clocked swimming as quickly as 68 miles per hour.

5.

61
mph

Pronghorn Antelope

61 Miles per Hour
Pronghorn Antelope

Despite its name, its not actually an antelope, it is a special mammal known as an antilocapridae and can usually be found in the western and central sections of North America. The slender animals usually stand around 5 feet tall and can weight in as heavy as 132 pounds.

6.

60
mph

Swordfish

60 Miles per Hour
Swordfish

Commonly found in the northwest Pacific, the swordfish is an amazing creature. These cold blooded creatures are born with special organs that are used to keep their eyes and brains warm.

7.

52
mph

Wildebeest

52 Miles per Hour
Wildebeest

The wildebeest, also known as a gnu, is native to Africa and is related to the bovidae family (including antelopes, goats, and other animals). The average wildebeest stands approximately 4.5 feet tall and can weight up to 500 pounds.

8.

51
mph

Lion

51 Miles per Hour
Lion

These big kitties can still be found in the wild in certain parts of Asia, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The average male lion lives approximately 8 years while females can live up to 14 years if they are in a properly monitored habitat.

9.

50
mph

Thomson's Gazelle

50 Miles per Hour
Thomson's Gazelle

This is the most popular of the gazelle species, the Thomson's Gazelle or "Tommy" is an incredible animal that usually stands around 24-35 inches tall and weighs no more than 40 pounds.

10.

47
mph

Wahoo

47 Miles per Hour
Wahoo

The wahoo is another type of fish found in both tropical and subtropical oceans. The Hawaiian name for the wahoo is the "ono" and in some Caribbean and Central American areas it is referred to as the "Peto."

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