Wonder + Wildness

Chasing wonder on a science guided journey through the natural world in search of meaning, connections, and the courage to hope

The Fastest Fish in the Sea

How fast can fish really be? Faster than you’d probably expect.

The Sailfish has been recorded moving at speeds just over 68 miles per hour. That’s roughly highway driving speed but through water!

Sailfish are known for their large, sale-like dorsal fin, as well as their spear or sword-like bill. But these flashy physical traits are more than just for looks.

Sailfish often work in groups to disrupt large schools of fish, separating individual sardines or other small fish from the safety of the swarm. Their ability to speed up quickly, turn on a dime, jointly use their sails to “trap” their prey, and use their spear-like bills like a giant aluminum baseball bat makes them a formidable ocean predator!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: