As we all know, the planet is composed of land and water, the latter comprising more than 70% of its total composition. Marine life represents a world apart and mysterious to most people. However, for long-time, research carried out by various scientists has demonstrated the beautiful qualities of animals living in the ocean.
We know that there are animals faster than others, but this time we will focus on revealing which is the fastest animal in the sea in this top 10. Do you know any of these animals?
What is the fastest sea animal in the world? Top 10
1- Shortfin Mako Shark
The Shortfin Mako Shark also known as a blue pointer or bonito shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) is the world’s fastest aquatic animal. It can be found in the waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Mediterranean, and Red Oceans. It is a very active animal that reaches 124 kilometers per hour.
The “secret” of this shark lies in hydrodynamics and its high muscular power, which even allows it to make jumps out of the water of more than 6 meters.
2- Atlantic Sailfish
The sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) is the fastest fish in the world, as it reaches 110 kilometers per hour thanks to the composition of its aerodynamic and muscular body. It also has a rigid tail that allows it to propel effectively forward, a dorsal fin in the form of a sail that helps to cut the water similar to what boats do, thanks to which it travels 30 meters per second.
In addition to this, the sailfish is up to 3 meters long and weighs more than 100 kilos, and it is a real monster of the ocean.
3- White Marlin
The White Marlin (Kajikia albida) also known as Atlantic white marlin, marlin, skilligalee, is a fish similar to sailfish, but differentiated by a smaller dorsal fin. It has a slender body with prolonged sword-shaped nasal bones and weighs up to 600 kilos. The species inhabits the temperate and tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
The White Marlin is a speedy animal, reaching 105 kilometers per hour.
The Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), also called Barracuda, Kingfish, Mackerel, Queen-fish, is a specimen found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, in addition to the Caribbean Sea and the Mediterranean. Its shape is long and slender, its head pointed and has a bright blue back. It feeds on all kinds of open water prey such as sardines, anchovies, crustaceans, and squid.
This fish is also swift, reaching 97 kilometers per hour.
The Mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) is a marine fish that is distributed in all the oceans of the world, where it inhabits both tropical and subtropical waters, at 5 and 10 meters deep. Its diet is based on the intake of various fish and zooplankton, as well as crustaceans and squid.
The dorado’s body is long and thin, allowing it to reach impressive speeds of 93 kilometers per hour.
6- Blue shark
The blue shark (Prionace glauca) is an animal characterized by its slender, elongated and rounded body, also has two dorsal fins elongated and pointed, its snout is cone-shaped, and its eyes are large, black and round.
The blue shark feeds on small fish and crustaceans, although it can also consume algae. It lives in tropical, temperate and oceanic waters, where it can dive to 350 meters deep.
Above its speed, the blue shark reaches up to 70 kilometers per hour.
7- Bluefin Tuna
Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is a fish that inhabits the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It adapts well to various temperature changes, as it can dive up to 900 meters. It reaches three meters in length and weighs at least 600 kilos.
As for its speed, the bluefin tuna reaches 65 kilometers per hour.
8- Flying fish
The flying fish (Cheilopogon melanurus), like the killer whale, is an animal found in all the oceans of the planet. It is characterized by its pectoral fins, which allow it to get out of the water and fly over the air for a short time. These fish do not measure more than 30 centimeters.
In the air, the flying fish reaches a speed between 50 and 60 kilometers per hour, and this is because it can move its fins up to 50 times per second.
The tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) is a fish over 2 meters long that swims in areas close to the coast of the Caribbean Sea and east of the Pacific Ocean. As for its appearance, its back is navy blue, and the sides are silvery; also, it has a caudal fin that separates and a long dorsal fin. Its diet includes many fish and crustaceans.
The tarpon is capable of swimming at 56 kilometers per hour.
10- Killer Whale
The killer whale (Orcinus orca) is one of the aquatic mammals that inhabit all the oceans of the planet. It has a robust and hydrodynamic build and a dorsal fin that can measure up to 1.8 meters.
It is one of the largest mammals in the world and as such needs to breathe the air from the surface of the ocean, as it cannot do so underwater like other fish. It travels in groups of up to 40 individuals.
The killer whale swims very fast, reaching up to 55 kilometers per hour.
What is the slowest sea animal in the world?
Now that you know the fastest aquatic animal in the world, aren’t you interested in knowing the slowest? Although there are some very slow species due to their anatomical characteristics, there is one that is called the slowest aquatic animal in the world, and that is the loggerhead turtle.
The loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) is a solitary species that reaches 100 kilos. Its shell is brown, and its back is yellowish or creamy.
Although there are many other species of significantly faster turtles, the loggerhead turtle has an average speed of 0.040 kilometers per hour, so its impressive slowness makes it easy prey for hunters, which is why it is in danger of extinction.
Who is faster dolphin or shark?
Much has been said about the ferocity of the shark against the intelligence of the dolphin because there are testimonies where the adorable and gentle dolphins have come out victorious when facing the dreaded shark. However, when it comes to speed, there are several elements that you should keep in mind.
The main thing is to define the species because as you know, the mako shark is the fastest animal in the water worldwide. No matter whom he faces, he will emerge victorious with his 124 kilometers per hour. On the other hand, the average dolphin reaches a maximum of 60 kilometers, so it has a significant disadvantage.
Despite this, there are other sharks, such as the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus), which is the slowest in the oceans. The species reaches a maximum speed of 0.50 meters per second, so in this case, the dolphin would get a broad victory.
As you can see, everything depends on the species, so either can be the winner.