February 27 2009 by Neal Mueller
Next time you're running through the airport terminal trying to catch your next flight, think of how much faster you'd be if you could swim through the crowds like a killer whale (max speed 34.5 mph). Or like Usain Bolt of Jamaica (max speed 23 mph).
Or how about this one. If you were a Spittlebug you could jump vertically from airport terminal to airport terminal. Air-tram?! Who needs them.
Imagine if we compared our abilities to the animal kingdom. The results might surprise you!
Squirrel = 9 mph
Black Mamba Snake = 20 mph
Tyrannosaurus Rex = 18 mph
*Human = 23 mph; Usain Bolt of Jamaica ran 100-meter in 9.72 seconds
Grizzly Bear = 30 mph
House Cat = 30 mph
Cheetah = 50 mph
Eel = 2.4 mph
*Human = 5 mph; Alain Bernard of France swam 100-meter freestyle in 47.5 seconds
Sea trout = 5.4 mph
Dolphin = 17 mph
Killer whale = 34.5 mph
*Human = 1.3x his height; Javier Sotomayor of Cuba jumped 8 feet in 1993
Tiger = 4x their height
House Cat = 10x their height
Spittlebug = 100x their height