Fastest Animals on the Planet
Everyone knows cheetahs are fast, but there are quite a few other fast animals that will surprise you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."