I am being slightly facetious, but it's with good reason to illustrate a point.
Did the falcon fly under it's own power to 10,000 feet? If not, I
suggest that a Yellowfin tuna, or something similarly dense and
aerodynamic would flog the record. My point being that if you
manufacture some bizarre situation, yes they are the fastest animal on
earth, and they might still be with the 'lower' (still outrageously
fast) speed of about 200, but human involvement in the test merely
adds a curiosity, not a fact.
On 6/18/08, Andrew Taylor <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 10:34:10AM +1000, Kurtis Lindsay wrote:
> > But at speeds of up to 390 km/h, clearly the Peregrine Falcon reamins
> > the fastest animal and perhaps fastest organism on earth.
> I wouldn't count on this because the basic physics suggest Gyrfalcons have
> a higher maximum diving speed, essentially because they are heavier.
> When someone trains a big female Gyrfalcon to chase a lure tossed out of
> an aeroplane it may dive faster.
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