Of Interest: How Fast Are Human Swimmers Compared to Other Species?
Of Interest: How Fast Are Human Swimmers Compared to Other Species?

Of Interest: How Fast Are Human Swimmers Compared to Other Species?

Dick Moss, Editor, PE Update.com

How fast do humans swim compared to their animal-kingdom compatriots?

Actually, we don't stack up too well. The fastest Olympic swimmer crawls along at about 8 km/hr (5 mph). That's faster than shrimp, kelp and jellyfish, but it won't intimidate many other animal aquanaughts.

And what is the fastest water-creature? The sailfish, a species which has been clocked at speeds of 110 km/hour (68 mph)!! That's twice the speed of any nuclear submarine.

Here's a list of how we humans compare to other swimmers.

Shrimp ...................................3 km/hr = 2 mph
Humans ................................8 km/hr 5 mph
Walruses ................................24 km/hr = 15 mph
Turtles (Leatherback) ............35 km/hr = 22 mph
Penguins ................................35 km/hr = 22 mph
Dolphins ................................46 km/hr = 29 mph
Sailfish ...................................110 km/hr = 68mph


References:
1. Carol Gold & Hugh Westrup, How Sport Works: An Ontario Science Centre book, Kids Can Press, 1988.
2. Yahoo Answers, “What are the fastest swimming mammals?”
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090904103555AAeDnUU


To download the pdf version of this
article, click here: Download Now



© 2010, Physical Education Update.com, www.peUpdate.com


Bookmark and Share

Printer-Friendly Format