Best shot – The archer fish
Lizards are exceptionally good at ‘firing’ their long tongues to catch unsuspecting insects. But the best shot award must go to the small archer fish. It ‘shoots down’ insects in its firing line above the water, by using its mouth and tongue to form a natural water pistol. It can fire a jet of water about 150 cm -
Best marathon performer – The arctic tern
This plucky bird flies upwards of 20,000 miles every year from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again. It manages to fly vast distances without taking a break because, compared to walking or swimming, flying uses up very little energy. Arctic terns stock up on food before they migrate and put on fat that will fuel them for thousands of miles.
Best middle distance runner – The pronghorn anteloper
This elegant grazer can run almost as fast as a cheetah but its real strength lies in its running endurance. In fact, if a cheetah cannot catch the pronghorn antelope in around 20 seconds -
Best sprinter – The cheetah
A cheetah can accelerate from 0-
A kangaroo can hop faster than we can run and can do so for hours. Its stride length is over seven metres long [21 feet].
Best all out jumper
A flea can leap 20cm.and long jump over 30cm. Which is like us leaping over a skyscraper and long jumping over eight buses.
The rhinocerous beetle can lift 850 times its own bodyweight on its back. That would be like us trying to lift a double decker bus.
Young male kangaroos love to play box, altho’ they tend to throw in the odd kick as well.
Cockroaches often wrestle each other to death. The winner is the first to flip his opponent onto his back.
Best kung fu master
Many animals can deliver a powerful kick. But the mightiest belongs to the giraffe whose lethal kung fu kick can decapitate a lion.
Best synchronised swimmers
Fish such as mackeral swim in shoals of 10,000+ -
Best diver – The gannet
While Leatherback turtles and Emperor penguins can deep diver and for longer, the award for best diver surely goes to the crazy ganet. When hunting for fish, this lunatic of a bird dives head-
Best sword fighter
The Narwhal possesses a natural sword, which is actually a 10-