Speedy Salmon?

6 Nov

Fish speeds and ability to leap.

Ever wondered why some fish seem to disappear so quickly when spooked, then here’s your answer. The following Environment Agency chart gives the swimming abilities of the species named.

Interestingly the world record swimming speed for a human was set in 1990 in Nashville Tennessee by Tom Jager of the USA who recorded a time of 2.29m/s (equivalent to 5mph) over 50 meters. So by direct comparison, humans in water can be quite quick, but a fish out of water – well they’ve got no chance!