5 Speedy Creatures in the Wild
1. Cheetah - Belonging to the cat family Felidae, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) and others in this family are noted for speed. The cheetah is considered the fastest land animal reaching speeds of 112 and 129 km/hour (70 and 75 mph). Now with a predator this quick, where would the slower prey be left at?
2. Peregrine Falcon - The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrines) is a bird of prey from the family Falconidae and was historically called “Duck Hawk” in North America. When diving for prey from a safe altitude, peregrine falcons reach speeds over 320 km/h (200mph) thus gaining the reputation as one of the fastest creatures in the world. The peregrine falcon breeds from the Arctic tundra to the tropics making it easily seen nearly everywhere around the world except in extreme polar regions. The peregrine thrives with its diet consist mostly of medium sized birds, small animals, reptiles or insects. It could reach sexual maturity after a year and mostly females are much bigger than males.
3. Swift - Birds from the family Apodidae are called swifts which are highly aerial birds. The larger species from this family, the WhiteThroated Needletail are considered among the fastest flyers in the animal world. A common swift (Apus apus) in normal flight travels at about 5-14 meters per second (18-50 kph, 11-31 mph) and is capable of attaining 60 meters per second (216 kph, 134 mph) for short bursts. In a year, the common swift was estimated to cover an average distance of 200,000 km.
4. Basilisk Lizard - Mostly found in Central and South American rainforests near rivers and streams, the common basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus) belongs to the corytophanid family. Popularly called by names attributed to Jesus Christ, this creature however have no knowledge of religion or the origin about how it was referred to as such except that when it is threatened by a predator, like snakes it has the ability to walk into water thus earning the name, Jesus Lizard or Jesus Christ lizard (as portrayed by Jesus Christ himself in the bible). It speeds up at 8.4 kph (5.2 mph) which is actually slower than its movement on land. Younger basilisks can make 10 to 20 meters above water on its hind legs. The speed may not be that remarkable for point of discussion but the fact that this lizard could maintain atop of the water surface moving at this velocity make it rather amazing.
5. Sailfish - Sailfish refer to two species of fish in the genus Istiophorus. These fishes can be found in the warmer sections of oceans all over the world. Sailfish is identified by its elongated bill with semblance to the swordfish and marlins. The sail at the back of the fish is normally folded but extends when the creature is threatened or excited. Compared to the marlin however, sailfish have a longer sail at its back nearly comprising 1/3 of its body length. Average speed of a moving sailfish average at 110 kph (70 mph) the highest recorded speed for a fish.