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FloridaBoy
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PostPosted: 2010.05.08(Sat)5:33    Post subject: Fastest Fish in the Sea? Reply with quote

Which species do you think is fastest?
Barracuda? Killer Whale? Tuna?

Scroll down to find out... Smile

Abalone (Haliotis), crawling 0.012

Blenny (Zoarces) 0.5

Goby (Gobius minutus) 0.6

Rock Gunnel (Pholis gunnelus) 0.7

Sprat (Clupea sprattus) 1.4

Stickleback (Spinachia spinachia) 1.75

Flounder (Pleuronectes flesus) 2.4

Eel (Anguilla rostrata) 2.4

Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) 2.9

Searobin (Trigla) 3.1

Herring (Clupea harengus) 3.6

Human (Homo sapiens) 5.04 Laughing Laughing Laughing

Sea Trout (Salmo trutta) 5.4

Pacific Salmon (Oncorhynchus) 8

Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) 12

Pacific Salmon (Oncorynchus), leaping 14

Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) 17

Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) 17

Pacific Whitesided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) 17

Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) 20

Market Squid (Loligo opalescens) 20

Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) 22

Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) 23.6

Blue Shark (Prionace glauca) 24.5

Pacific Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata) 24.7

California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) 25

Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) 25.42

Barracuda (Sphyraena) 27

Blue Whale (Balaenopterus musculus) 29.76

Shortfin Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) 30.4

Shortfin Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) 31

Dall's Porpoise (Phocaenoides dalli), leaping 34.5

Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) 34.5

Flying Fish (Exocoetidae), gliding 35

Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), leaping 37

Bonito (Sarda), leaping 40

Albacore (Thunnus alalunga), leaping 40

Blue-fin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus), leaping 43.4

Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares), leaping 46.35

Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), leaping 47.88

Marlin (Makaira), leaping 50

Swordfish (Xiphias gladius), leaping 60

and the WINNER IS....

SAILFISH (Istiophorus platypterus), leaping 68 MPH
Source:
http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/topics/r_haulin%27_bass.htm
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PostPosted: 2010.05.08(Sat)7:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow... That's faster than I drive, most of the time!! Laughing
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PostPosted: 2010.05.08(Sat)8:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Abalone (Haliotis), crawling -0.012


Why is it negative? Does it swim backwards?
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PostPosted: 2010.05.08(Sat)8:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caton wrote:
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Abalone (Haliotis), crawling -0.012


Why is it negative? Does it swim backwards?

Good question; that little dash is not in the original link, I have corrected it and slapped the gremlin who put it there, thanks... Smile

rales12 wrote:
Wow... That's faster than I drive, most of the time!! Laughing

Yep, that's faster than my supercharged 215 hp jet ski... and the sailfish is moving UNDER the water! Shocked
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PostPosted: 2010.07.28(Wed)8:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

harveyjerry wrote:
Shark MAKO.fastest ocean.up to 60 mph. I wonder if all the credit goes to the velocity relative to the weight and size. The Mako could be in place in this list.

Hello harveyjerry,
I agree, the Makos are very fast!
The Shortfin Mako actually is on the list; clocked at 31 mph, but I think that seems kind of slow considering their prey includes the faster tuna and swordfish. I suspect they are capable of much faster bursts! Here's more on the Mako, from the folks at Elasmo-Research:
http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/topics/p_shark_speed.htm
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