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

Image via Thinkstock

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Past Member
Past Member 5 months ago

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Niharika M.
Niharika M.about a year ago

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

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

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

Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

Fun post--thanks!

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D.2 years ago

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

Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago


Mary T.
Mary T.2 years ago

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

Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard2 years ago

thank you

Liliana Garcia
Liliana Garcia2 years ago

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!