We seem to be fascinated by the outrageous record breaking humans–fastest man alive, longest living person, strongest person in the world, etc. But when compared to animals, human records and achievements don’t seem as exciting. Seriously. You won’t believe the records that some animals have been able break and achieve! For example, tortoises are known to live exceptionally long lives. One in particular, Jonathan the giant Seychelles tortoise, is currently the world´s oldest living terrestrial animal – at the astonishing age of 183 (by comparison, the verified oldest person lived to be 122 years old.)! Then there’s animals like the peregrine falcon which have been known to reach speeds of up to 240 mph (how fast can a Ferrari go again?). But this is just the tip of the iceberg, read on to learn about some of the most incredible record breaking animals known to man.
Of course, these animal records should come as no surprise. After all, the animal kingdom is host to some incredible living creatures, each sporting their strengths and uniqueness. But even among the extraordinary world of wild animals, the animals that you are about see (and read about) are a step ahead of the game. These are 25 incredible record breaking animals you might not know about.
Highest jump by a dog
The world record for the highest jump cleared by a dog is 172.7 cm (68 in). This incredible feat was achieved by Cinderella May a Holly Grey, owned by Kate Long and Kathleen Conroy at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals.
Known to be the largest and heaviest living animals, blue whales are actually also the loudest creatures on Earth. Their low-frequency pulses are as loud as 188 decibels (which is louder than a jet engine) and can be detected more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) away.
Longest snake in captivity
The longest snake ever kept in captivity is Medusa, a reticulated python owned by Full Moon Productions Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. When measured on 12 October 2011, she was found to be 7.67 m (25 ft 2 in) long. She weighs 158.8 kg (350 lbs).
Largest living cat
The largest living cat is Hercules, an adult male liger (lion x tigress hybrid) currently housed at Myrtle Beach Safari, a wildlife reserve in South Carolina. He measures a staggering 3.33 m (131 in) long, stands 1.25 m (49 in) at the shoulder, and weighs 418.2 kg (922 lb).
In terms of proportional strength, the taurus scarab, a little oval-shaped dung beetle, is considered the world´s strongest animal. In a laboratory experiment, the beetle was recorded to pull 1,141 times its own body weight. That’s equivalent to a person lifting about 82 tons.
Fastest skateboard ride by a dog
The fastest 100 meters (328 feet) travelled on a skateboard by a dog is 19.65 seconds and was achieved by border collie Jumpy the Dog on the set of ‘Officially Amazing’ in Los Angeles, California, on 16 September 2013.
Arctic tern, a little seabird of the tern family, makes by far the longest migration of any animal in the world. Recent studies have shown their average annual roundtrip lengths are up to 90,000 km (56,000 mi), which is about two times farther than previously thought.
Longest ears on a dog
The longest ears on a dog measured 31.1 cm (12.25 in) and 34.3 cm (13.5 in) for the left and right ears, respectively, on 8 June 2010. The lovable ears belong to Harbor, a black and tan Coonhound, owned by Jennifer Wert of Colorado.
Most venomous animal
Chironex fleckeri, commonly known as the sea wasp is considered the most lethal creature in the world. Found in coastal waters from Australia to the Philippines and Vietnam, this box jellyfish is thought to have enough venom to kill as many as 60 humans.
In 2015, an overgrown Australian sheep affectionately named Chris became the world´s woolliest sheep after more than 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of wool was removed from him. It was estimated that the poor sheep was carrying more than five years of wool.
During courtship, the ruby-throated hummingbird can produce a wing-beat rate of up to an incredible 200 beats per second as opposed to the normal – but still very impressive – 90 beats per second produced by all other hummingbirds.
Most dangerous ant
World´s most dangerous ant is the bulldog ant. Native to coastal regions in Australia, the ant is extremely aggressive, showing little fear of human beings. There have been at least 3 reported human fatalities caused by this ferocious ant species.
In terms of proportion to body size, shrews have the largest brain-to-body mass ratio of any animal. The brains of these commonly distributed small mole-like mammals make up 10% of their body weight.
Most tennis balls in dog´s mouth
The world record for the most tennis balls held in the mouth by a dog at one time is five. Augie, a golden retriever owned by the Miller family in Dallas, Texas, successfully gathered and held all five regulation-sized tennis balls on 6 July 2003.
Largest egg from a living bird
The largest egg laid by a living bird ever recorded weighed 2.589 kilograms (5 lb 11.36 oz) and was laid by an ostrich at an ostrich farm owned by Kerstin and Gunnar Sahlin in Borlange, Sweden, on 17 May 2008.
Bertie, a South African leopard tortoise, raced his way into the records book by travelling 0.28 meters per second (0.6 mph) in Durham, UK – the greatest speed achieved by one of his kind – smashing the previous record that stood since 1977.
Fastest water walker
The South American basilisk lizard can run on water bipedally at a speed of 1.5 m/s (5 ft/s) for approximately 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in) before sinking. It can also ‘walk on water’ on all fours, which extends the distance that it can travel on the surface by about 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in).
As surprising as it may sound, the African elephant is the best sniffer in the animal kingdom. Elephants have twice the number of smell genes as dogs and five times more than humans, which helps them smell water up to 12 miles (19 km) away.
Longest cat fur
The longest recorded fur on a cat is 25.68 centimeters (10.11 inches) long and belongs to Sophie Smith, owned by Jami Smith as measured in Oceanside, California on 9 November 2013.
Most powerful bite
The Saltwater crocodile has by far the most powerful bite in the animal kingdom. These giant predators can slam their jaws shut with 3,700 pounds per square inch (psi), or 16,460 Newtons of bite force, which might even rival the bite force of the legendary T-Rex.
Deepest mammal diver
Cuvier’s beaked whale surprised scientists by reaching depths of nearly 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) below the ocean surface—the farthest depth ever observed among mammals. The farthest depths a humans has ever ventured into (without a submarine) is just over 1,000 feet (305 meters).
Fastest front paws walk by a dog
The fastest 5 meters (16.4 ft) on front paws by a dog is 2.39 sec and was achieved by “Konjo” at Tustin Sports Park, Tustin, California on 22 December 2014. Konjo is half Papillon, a quarter Jack Russell, and a quarter Chihuahua.
Biggest eater among mammals
In terms of food amount to body size, shrews are the biggest eaters among mammals. Every day, these little creatures have to eat up to three-times their own weight in food to survive. Elephants, for example, eat just about 1/20 of their weight in food.
The Colossal squid, a giant mollusk reaching an impressive size of up to 14 m (46 ft), is the proud owner of this animal record. The largest recorded eyeball of this animal species measured an incredible 27 centimeters (11 inches).
The smallest living dog, in terms of height, is a female Chihuahua called Milly, who measured just 9.65 centimeters (3.8 inches) tall on 21 February 2013 and is owned by Vanesa Semler of Dorado, Puerto Rico.