Top 10 Animal Champions

These animals are champions at something. There are obviously many more that could be added, so if you'd like, see which ones you can track down (or already know of) and add them. How many animal champions can we find?
The Top Ten
1 Great White Shark (Bite Force) The great white shark, also known as the great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a species of large lamniform shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans.

These champions have a bite measured in the 4,000 psi range. The size of the shark has a significant effect on the psi reading, the smaller the shark, the less bite force. Mature Saltwater Crocs have a consistent bite force measured in the 3,700 psi range, so take that into consideration. The mammal with the greatest bite force (unnamed here as it would qualify as its own champion, and may surprise you) has a bite force of less than half that of the Great White and Saltwater Crocs.

2 Peregrine Falcon (Fastest Dive/Speed) The peregrine falcon, also known as the peregrine, and historically as the duck hawk in North America, is a widespread bird of prey in the family Falconidae.

At 240 mph in dive, they are royalty among champions. The fastest speed ever recorded in the animal kingdom is just a flip of a switch for this bird of prey. An endangered species as recently as the 1970's, these perfect hunters have made an incredibly quick comeback and are now among the widest ranging creatures on Earth. A huge victory for conservation efforts.

3 Bar Headed Goose (Altitude)

Altitude champions. These geese do a yearly migration from India to Mongolia that takes them directly over the Himilayan mountain range, the highest land mass on Earth. They have been tagged and tracked at altitudes of a staggering 24,000 feet. Climbers on Everest have claimed to have seen them fly over the world's tallest mountain. that's just over 29,000 feet. There is less than 10% of the oxygen available there than there is at sea level. These fascinating creatures have amazed biologists for decades, and much is still left to be discovered, but one thing that has been discovered is that these amazing geese slow their metabolism down significantly to lower their need of oxygen at these tremendous heights, which are unrivaled in the animal kingdom.

4 Eagle (Long Distance Vision) Eagle is a common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae; it belongs to several groups of genera that are not necessarily closely related to each other. Eagles are also one of America's national symbols.

All birds of prey have excellent long distance vision, but eagles stand out. They can clearly see a rabbit (or other intended prey) at a distance of two miles. that's eight times better than humans, for example. That's daytime vision of course. However, they do not fare as well with nighttime vision...

5 Killer Whale (Fastest Swimming Mammal) The killer whale or orca is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member.

Water has considerable weight/mass, and therefore a great deal of resistant force. Speed swimmers need to be streamlined and also have powerful muscle structure to cut through the forces working against them. For the mammals, this is the champion, at a top speed of 34.5 mph. Sound slow? This majestic creature can swim through the aforementioned forces considerably faster than you, I or any human, can run out of the water. Orcas rock!

One of the most inappropriately named animals, it is clearly a part of the Dolphin lineage.

They are appropriately named. I will repeat a comment I posted on another list: 'Whale', 'dolphin', and 'porpoise' are not scientifically binding terms. 'Dolphins' belong to several families. The 'oceanic dolphin' family, Delphinidae, includes orcas. Delphinidae belong to the toothed whales, Odontoceti; baleen whales are Mysticeti. They all belong to the Cetacea, or whales. Thus an orca is an oceanic dolphin, a toothed whale, and a whale.

6 Gray Kangaroo (Broad Jump) The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae. In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus: the red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo, and western grey kangaroo.

At an astonishing 44'2", this champion can leap almost 15 yards. For anyone who's ever stood on a Canadian or American football field (for perspective) they will know that's a healthy chunk of real estate. that's a deep out on a WR tree. This animal can leap it. Amazing. For comparison, the world record for human broad jump is 12'3".

7 Three Toed Slouth (Slowest Mammal)

There are 2 different types of Sloths, 2 toed and 3 toed, and 6 species of Sloths. I think then the data on them can be considered pretty much universal. Sloths move so slow that algae can and does grow on them. Sloths have a top speed of .003 mph, that's about 16 feet in one hour. Hopefully they don't have to be anywhere soon. The name Sloth means laziness or sluggishness. Eagles and Jaguars are common predators of Sloths, so I guess they can sleep in a bit. Ground Sloths went extinct about 10,000 years ago. Gee, I wonder how? JK... Obviously these creatures have survived a very long time and fill a niche in nature's grand design. They are extremely cool.

HAHAHAHA - Sloths are indeed champions - I think that they're spelt "Sloth" and not "Slouth", though. Still, what a good list!

8 Cuvier's Beaked Whale (Deepest Diver)

Air breathers would be the only ones considered "divers" in the depths of Oceans/Seas, so this marine mammal is our current champion. They have been tracked to a depth of 1.87 miles (the time on this dive was 2 hours and 17 mins.) and since the tracking devices stop working at just under 2 miles deep, its possible they have gone even deeper, with some estimates going to 2.5 miles. come on, these guys are going to be hard to unseat as champions, I mean, the wreck of the Titanic lies 2.37 miles under the surface of the North Atlantic, for perspective. This is almost unfathomable for a creature that must breath on the surface.

9 Greyhound (Fastest Dog Breed) The Greyhound is a breed of dog, a sighthound which has been bred for coursing game and Greyhound racing.

You'll find the fastest dogs are hunting dogs, for obvious reasons, and this sleek and athletic dog is no exception. Many will recognize the Greyhound is often used as a racing dog, again for obvious reasons. However, you may be surprised to find there are a handful of dog species that are rather close to the Greyhound in speed, and could give them a run for their money on any given day.

10 White Millipede (Most Legs)

750. Found only in a very small portion of Northern California, this highly complex creature has many unanswered questions associated to it. Counting the legs was the easy part. In labs, they die off rather quickly, leading researchers to believe the lab environment is missing some food source for this Millipede. Also, its important to know that the Tropics are packed with Centipede and Millipede species, and as much of the Tropics biodiversity has yet to be discovered, its possible a new " Most Legs" champion is just waiting to be discovered.

The Contenders
11 Giraffe (Living Animal with the Longest Neck) The giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant.
12 Blue Whale (Largest Animal) The blue whale is a marine mammal belonging to the baleen whales. At 30 metres in length and up to 173 tonnes in weight, it is the largest extant animal and is the heaviest known to have existed.

This is a pretty well-known fact. The enormous blue whale DWARFS anything else that lives in the water, it can weigh almost 400,000 pounds. It may also be the largest animal that ever lived.

13 Octopus (Best Camouflage) The octopus is a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda. It has two eyes and four pairs of arms and, like other cephalopods, it is bilaterally symmetric. It has a beak, with its mouth at the center point of the arms.

Truly a master of disguise. Can blend into any landscape by not only the ability to change colors but also changing shapes and textures to blend into the surrounding environment. They have even been seen to change shapes to mimic or disguise itself as another specie of animals such as various types of fish and stingrays.

14 Cheetah (Fastest Land Animal) The cheetah, also known as the hunting leopard, is a big cat that occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran. The cheetah is the fastest land animal, able to run up to 75 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds
15 Reticulated Python (Longest Snake)

I would have thought the Anaconda, but it is indeed the Reticulated... Anyway, this is one cool looking snake.

16 Hippopotamus (Widest Gape) The common hippopotamus, or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other being the pygmy hippopotamus.

Widest gape refers to how much its mouth can open, the hippo canopy its mouth to over a 100 degree angle, compared to a human's about 45 degrees. In addition, the hippo is also the world's largest freshwater mammal, weighting in at about 1.5 to 4 TONS!

17 Whale Shark (Largest Fish) The whale shark is the world's largest living shark as well as the largest living fish. Whale sharks grow up to 45 ft. (13.7 m) long, and can weigh as much as 13 tons (11.6 tonnes). Their mouths alone are a whopping 6 ft. (1.8 m) across-big enough to gulp down three percent of their body weight in food ...read more.
18 Leopard Seal (Most Dangerous Pinniped)

Pinniped relates to seals and sea lions, of them all, these guys are the most likely to eat you. There are lots of cases of leopard seals attacking people in Antarctica, like a pair of scientists who had a leopard seal chase them across the ice, or one woman who died after one bit her.

Leopard Seals are cool. I didn't know they were so aggressive towards humans.

19 African Elephant (Largest Land Mammal) African elephants are elephants of the genus Loxodonta. The genus consists of two extant species: the African bush elephant, L. africana, and the smaller African forest elephant, L. cyclotis.
20 Black Marlin (Fastest Swimming Fish)

This is one impressive fish. Thanks for adding

21 Greenland Shark (Longest Living Vertebrate)

Officially listed as The longest living vertebrate, thank you admin... These old timers live 300-500 years. Females don't even reach sexual maturity until 150-200 years. that's an awful long childhood. Slow moving creature with an average speed of 0.76 mph, they are nonetheless predators. Its thought that many long living creatures live in the cold waters of the Arctic regions, as the cold would naturally induce slower metabolisms.

Wow I kind of assumed the giant tortoise would the longest living but yeah these are way ahead.

22 Giant Tortoise (Longest Living Reptile)

One has been confirmed to live 150+ years, and high estimates range up to 200 years. Conservative estimates give a range of 80-155 years. These guys take it easy, as do many long lifed creatures. In fact, this champion can go for a year w/o food or water. Just checking things out.

23 Sperm Whale (Largest Brain)
24 Sperm Whale (Loudest Sound)

Another record for the sperm whale. The sperm whale's clicks can reach 230 decibels. They are done in short bursts, and are low frequency. Some are in infrasound, too deep for humans to hear.

25 Gaboon Viper (Snake with the Longest Fangs)
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