Top 5 Fastest Fish on Earth

There is a type of fish that can swim at speeds greater than 100KPH (68MPH). Shocked? Don’t be. Listed below are the 5 fastest Fish on Earth.

1. Sailfish


Scientific Name Istiophorus platypterus
Speed (MPH) 68
Speed (KPH) 110

Sailfish is the fastest type of fish in the world. They exist in two species, i.e., Atlantic Sailfish & Indo-Pacific Sailfish. Sailfishes are generally found in the warmer sections of all the oceans of the world.

For reading more on Sailfish, head over to Wikipedia.

2. Striped Marlin

Striped Marlin

Scientific Name Tetrapturus audax
Speed (MPH) 50
Speed (KPH) 81

The striped marlin is a species of marlin found in tropical to temperate Indo-Pacific oceans. They normally feed on Sardines & stay close to the surface.

For reading more about Striped Marlin, head over to Wikipedia.

3. Wahoo/Peto/Jack Mackerel/Ono


Wahoo/Peto/Jack Mackerel/Ono

Scientific Name Acanthocybium solandri
Speed (MPH) 49
Speed (KPH) 80

Wahoo is the 3rd fastest fish on earth & is found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It’s speed, agility and high-quality meat make it a great catch for any fishing enthusiast. Wahoo is known by various different names around the world such as; Peto among the Hispanics; Jack Mackerel in the Carribean & Ono in Hawaii.

For reading more about Wahoo, head over to Wikipedia.

4. Southern bluefin tuna

Southern bluefin tuna

Scientific Name Thunnus Maccoyii
Speed (MPH) 47
Speed (KPH) 76

The Southern bluefin tuna is the 4th fastest fish on earth & is found in the open waters of the southern hemisphere. This speedy fish can grow upto 2.5 meters (8.2 ft.) in length & can weigh upto 400 kg (882 lbs.). It is categorized among the larger bony fishes in the oceans.

For reading more about the Southern bluefin tune, head over to Wikipedia.

5. Position #5 for the fastest fish on Earth is tied between Bonefish & Swordfish

a) Bonefish


Scientific Name Albula vulpes
Speed (MPH) 40
Speed (KPH) 64

The bonefish is known to live in inshore tropical waters. It swims through the shallow mudflats (or tidal flats) to feed from the incoming tide & then retreating to deeper water when the tide subsides. Bonefish are considered to be among the world’s premier fly game fish and are highly sought after by anglers.

To read more about Bonefish, head over to Wikipedia.

b) Swordfish


Scientific Name Xiphias gladius
Speed (MPH) 40
Speed (KPH) 64

Swordfish, also known as broadbill in some countries; are large, highly migratory & predatory fish. They are very popular for sport fishing & are widely found in tropical and temperate parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. They usually live close to ocean shores and can be found to a depth of 550 m (1,800 ft).

For reading more about Swordfish, head over to Wikipedia.


  1. Kerrie says:

    Amazed that these fish can swim as fast as a car on a road! They look beautiful too.

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