What Is the Fastest Animal in the Ocean?

The sailfish is the fastest animal in the ocean and can swim at a speed of 68 miles per hour while the marlin is the second fastest animal in the ocean swimming at speeds of approximately 49 miles per hour. The cheetah is considered the fastest land animal and can run at speeds of 70 miles per hour while the peregrine falcon is the fastest bird and can fly horizontally at speeds of up to approximately 56 miles per hour.

Sailfish are found in warmer areas of the ocean and live up to 4 years in the wild. They are 5.7 to 11 feet long, reports National Geographic, and can weight up to 220 lbs. The sailfish is not a popular fish to eat but it is a popular sport fish to catch because it does not give in easily once hooked.