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Who Is The World’s Fastest Swimmer? (Infographic)

Who Is The World’s Fastest Swimmer? (Infographic)

Being that it’s summer and scorching hot out here in arid Colorado, we’ve been spending a lot of time in the neighborhood pool. There’s nothing quite like jumping into the clear, cool waters to wash away the day’s sweat and fatigue.

Watching the neighbor kids jump, splash, and race in the pool got me thinking about the marvel of swimming and how lucky we are to be able to do it. Almost every other animal in the world can swim, instinctively, from the time it’s born. Humans, gorillas, and chimpanzees are the only ones who have to be taught.

Compared to other swimming animals, humans are ill-equipped for the task. We have no fins, flippers, or gills, and we have to be taught to keep our heads above water. Still, with practice, we’ve become pretty darn good at it. Just take a look at the Olympic swimmers who glide through the water with an ease and speed that puts my doggie paddle to shame.

Ever wondered who the world’s fastest swimmer is, animal or human? Here’s a great infographic to share with the poolside crowd next time you’re taking a dip.

World's Fastest Swimmers Infographic by Backyard Ocean

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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11:52AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

Good Info, I am planning to take swimming lessons soon :)

1:05PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

love it! if reincarnation exists I should come back as a water critter ;)

4:38AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013


10:52PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Fun post--thanks!

5:43PM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thank you Dale O for a much needed laugh. Appreciated.

1:56PM PDT on Jul 27, 2013


10:46AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

swimming for 21 hours not fun and covered with porpoise oil sounds gross, thank you for all the facts :)

7:58AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

thank you

9:06PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

Dale O: Thanks for a moment of humor. It would have helped if the two measures of total meters swam had been shown on two different graphs. It took me by surprise that the common dolphin and the sea turtles were not too far apart on their swimming speed rate. Thanks for this very interesting article!

8:57PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013


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