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Unbelievable: Californian mite beats a record of cheetah and now is considered the fastest animal on the planet! 6/7/2016 •

If you still think that the cheetah is the world’s fastest creature, you are wrong! The new world record belongs to a tiny yet extremely fast insect Paratarsotomus macropalpis.


But how is it possible? Of course, a tiny mite cannot outrun a cheetah in the direct sense of the word. However, if we compare their maximum speed to their body size, we will see that this tiny insect is much faster than any known animal on the Earth!

The cheetah can reach the speed of 26 meters per second. In other words, it covers a distance 16 times bigger than its body length per second. As to the mite, the insect as small as a sesame seed is able to cover a distance of 322 its body lengths per second!

By the way, the previous world record belonged to the Australian tiger-beetle, which is capable of covering a distance of 171 its body lengths.

In case you still don’t have the slightest idea how fast it is, then here is a vivid analogy. If a human were able to run as fast as a mite, he/she would do it at a speed of 581 meters per second which is equal to 2,092 km/h! Just amazing!

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David Cheney
This is like saying that ants are stronger than elephants because they can lift many times their own body weight. A cheetah is still faster than this mite. If the mite were the size of a cheetah, it wouldn't be able to go so many body lengths per second. If an ant were the size of an elephant, it wouldn't be able to lift even it's own body weight. By the way, the fastest animal is the peregrine falcon.
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Jun 5, 2016 2:22AM
Bryon Grosz
Bryon Grosz
That's the exact opposite of unbelievable. If you asked me the strongest, fastest, whateverest animals when adjusted for their size, I would expect every winner to be an insect. It makes no sense to compare mammals with insects.
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Jun 7, 2016 8:37PM
Joseph Saucier
It's still an insect not an animal
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Jun 7, 2016 8:44PM
David Manoguerra
David Manoguerra
clarification to the author of the article. The cheetah may be the fastest " land animal" and a mite may be the fastest insect. So to say an insect is the "fastest animal on the planet" is not correct because insects are not ANIMALS - You would think this is obvious. So you may want to correct the article title to fastest creature in the world - if you can support the claim.
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Jun 7, 2016 8:46PM
danny powell
This is just stoopid!
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Jun 7, 2016 8:58PM
Roy Record
Insects are a type of animal.
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Jun 7, 2016 9:05PM
Kelly Waterbury Brown
Since when is an arthropod considered an animal?
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Jun 7, 2016 9:25PM
Theda Gallegos
Theda Gallegos
I agree it's an insect and not an animal!
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Jun 7, 2016 9:39PM
Kathleen Bubenheim
Kathleen Bubenheim
Wrong the mite is an iinsect not an animal! NIce try but no cigar!
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Jun 7, 2016 9:43PM
James Vetzel
James Vetzel
They are compareable by "Scale" only and as such, the mite wins hands down (the write-up even says so).
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Jun 7, 2016 9:50PM

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