Wherever you look, everywhere reviews the most nimble, graceful and hardy animals. And who will tell you about other fauna that may have their shortcomings, but remain the same sweet and necessary to our nature.
For example, the symbol of Australia, the eucalyptus smelling Koala, is one of the slowest animals on the planet. But this does not prevent her to be the favorite of tourists, always ready to "hug".
Today we will get acquainted with the ten hulking, clumsy and slow animals. We'll also learn what exactly reason do not allow them to develop normal movement speed.
10. American woodcock
It would seem that birds can be slow to move for long distances they use the wings, making a sometimes unique for the duration of the flight. But all birds have their "Champions".
For example, the American woodcock has the slowest bird flight, scientists recorded only 8 kilometers per hour, or according to other estimates 222 cm / sec.
The bird itself is small, and despite being slow, has another valuable skill: high set, large eyes allow you to expand your field of vision. Can woodcock not so much slow, how much ambient? Because he can along the way to contemplate more than other feathered representatives.
And this is representative of the water world. Sea cow, as an aquatic mammal, has a fairly large size – up to 4 meters in length and about 550 kg live weight.
Of course, to move such a mass in water with high resistivity is not easy. Helps the manatee is paddle-shaped tail and a little modest in comparison with total volume of fins.
The animal is aware that at speeds of the order of 200 cm / second, so try to dwell in shallow waters and do not migrate over significant distances. Currently lives sedentary, chewing a grass – what's the hurry?
It is necessary to mention reptile – large cute monster with a second name "Gila monster". Its size usually does not exceed 60 cm and can weight up to 0.7 kg.
The lizard lives in America and is, as you guessed from the name, is poisonous. Of course, the sting of it still needs to manage to obtain, because it moves with a speed of 667 feet per second. And animal eats just 10 times a year, so seldom interested in production.
Scientists know already about 54 species of seahorses from the smallest 1.5 cm to 35.5 cm representatives.
Swimming skating, as you know, vertically, so the water resistance is affecting them significantly. Therefore, these aquatic creatures reach speeds of over five feet per hour, for which he received the title of the slowest fish on Earth.
According to other estimates, the movement of the needle reaches the bony skates 0.04 cm per second. The speed of horses of course, they do not have, but still very cute and interesting for research.
These defenseless "snail without a house" so amuse the children and oppress the gardeners. However, the slug won't run away if you chase after him, so it is important only their time to notice the culture.
"Reels" pseudo-snail only 0.3 kilometers per hour – Yes that's the maximum recorded speed! Sedate slug does not need to succumb to vanity, so proudly cuts in vineyards with its low speed.
Pretty marsupials Koala almost all his life sitting on the branches of eucalyptus trees, enthusiastically eating the leaves. Slow animal knows how to swim well, and even run at a gallop, but prefers to move as little as possible, hovering in one position for up to 18 hours a day!
Day lazy mammals and the rest did, or just apathetically clinging to a branch with his long claws. At night, the Koala is ready to show "activity" and a bit to navigate the tree, eating the way fragrant leaves. At the same time the greater speed, which develops the animal, recorded at around 447 centimeters per second.
4. Giant turtle
That turtle is a symbol of slowness, we know from childhood. But ever wondered which of the many centenarians of our planet is the slowest. The leader is still a giant tortoise, which can live up to 190 years, almost slowly.
Still, weight 300 kg need to manage to wear, especially on drifting coastal sand. The legs of the turtle are not designed for running – short, resemble pillars. Moving speed is not more than 76 cm per second, but this is a good indicator.
Another marine member, which is slow. Of course, he moves a little faster than snails or sloths, but the maximum speed does not exceed 2.8 meters per minute. In the world there are about 1.5 thousand of starfish, some more active than others.
One of the slowest species is the Dermasterias imbricata, is able to overpower a minute just 15 centimeters of water. The large fast is the sandy starfish – it was her record and is 0,168 km per hour.
It is a cozy, fun and unique animal is one of the most clumsy and lazy on the planet. Glorious sloth likes to hang in one position for several hours, and they sleep 15 hours a day, no shame.
The highest speed that can develop this animal that reaches only 2 meters per minute. Slow and sluggish mammal is forced to save energy – it is, like the Koala feeds on leaves, and they do not provide the necessary energy for active movements.
Average speed of movement of the three-toed sloth is 3 centimeters per second. But it really really should be impatient!
1. Garden snail
A snail all the time mentioned in various parables, allegories and Proverbs, as a symbol of slowness. What to do – so it is organized.
She rightfully gets the first place by slowness in our review, since the maximum speed that can develop, does not exceed 1.3 centimeters per second.
If counted, the passage of kilometers from an unhappy land snail can take a whole 21 hours. Several times think before to take a snail for photos or to show the kids!
To return to the Bush where she lived peacefully by himself, it will take several long hours of active movements. But the snail moves, in fact, on the bottom of his one foot, but still drags on the back of the whole housing!
Here's a cognitive today we have the review turned out. Animals, like people, have their talents or skills. And being slow doesn't always mean laziness or clumsiness.