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The 10 Most Surprising Animal World Records


The cheetah is considered to be the fastest animal on land. Photo: nero / pixelio.de

Both with us humans and in the animal world there are many records that surprise, astonish and make us puzzled.

We have put together some of the best records for you:


1. Gentoo penguin

The fastest swimming bird - and therefore also the fastest swimmer among the penguins - is the gentoo penguin. The speed of the animals is not entirely clear. Some sources speak of 27 km / h, others of 36 km / h. The gentoo penguin, which is clearly recognizable by its red beak and the white-spotted triangle above the eye, got its name from its donkey-like screams during the mating season and to warn conspecifics about egg thieves.

2. Cheetah

The fastest animal on land is the cheetah, whose home is now mainly found in Africa. The speed that the cheetah can reach is up to 112 km / h, whereby it can only maintain the speed 400 meters. In order to be able to use their speed optimally, cheetahs prefer landscapes and areas in which there are not too many shrubs and trees.

3. Clevis bracket

Depending on how we define the term speed, the pronghorn is the fastest land animal after the cheetah. While the cheetah is hard to beat over short distances, the pronghorn convinces with a constant speed of 60-80 km / h over a distance of up to 5 km. This makes it the fastest animal on land over long distances.

4. Cockroach

The insect that can crawl the fastest at up to 5 km / h (1.5 meters per second) is the cockroach, also known as the common cockroach. For an animal with a length of just 30 mm, this speed is surprisingly fast.

5. Box jellyfish

The box jellyfish, also often called the sea wasp, is the most poisonous animal in the world. The aquatic animal is found mainly in tropical and subtropical waters. The box jellyfish's powerful poison can kill a person in just a few minutes.

6. Reticulated python

The reticulated python is the longest giant snake in the world. It can be up to 10.5 meters in length and lives mainly in Southeast Asia, Thailand and Vietnam. The reticulated python can swim very well and prefers the areas in the moist, tropical rainforest and swamps, although it has adapted more and more over the years, often lives in human settlements and has also been sighted several times in Bangkok and Jakarta.

7. Blue whale

With a weight of up to 200 tons and a length of 33.6 meters, the blue whale is the largest and heaviest animal in the world. The heart of a blue whale alone weighs up to 600 kg and the aorta, the main artery, has a diameter of 20 cm. The maximum speed of the blue whale is around 48 km / h, while when eating, the speed is only 2 to 6 km / h.

8. Dragonfly

The fastest insect is the dragonfly, with a speed of up to 50 km / h. The dragonflies' flight apparatus is particularly noteworthy, as they can move both pairs of wings independently of each other. This quality helps them to stay in the air or to fly backwards.

9. bouquet

The ostrich is the fastest running bird. It has long, strong legs and can reach a top speed of up to 70 km / h. If he runs at a speed of 50 km / h, he can keep this speed constant for about half an hour.

10. dwarf goby

The smallest vertebrate in the world is the dwarf goby. The male dwarf goby is 9 mm long, while the female dwarf goby is slightly larger at 1.5 cm. It is believed that this animal, found in waters in the Philippines, Singapore or Indonesia, has become all but extinct from pollution in the waters.


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Author: medproduction
Date of the last update: January 2018
Harvey, D .: Super Animals: The 100 Biggest, Fastest, Most Dangerous Animals in the World. Dorling Kindersley, 2013
Carwardine, M .: Guinness Book of Animal Records. Comet 2001

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