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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), is the fastest mammal on earth (it can develop an up to 110 km/hour speed limit). Adaptations that enable the cheetah to run as fast as it does include large nostrils that allow for increased oxygen intake, and an enlarged heart and lungs that work together to circulate oxygen efficiently. During a typical chase, its respiratory rate increases from 60 to 150 breaths per minute.While running, in addition to having good traction due to its semi-retractable claws, the cheetah uses its tail as a rudder-like means of steering to allow it to make sharp turns, necessary to outflank prey animals that often make such turns to escape.
Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 165 mm, 1/250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 250
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  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Konstantinos!

  • Thank you very much Istvan!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 3 years ago

    nicely composed and presented

  • Thanks a lot George, it was not easy with such speedy maneuvers…

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Now that’s some spectacular action picture, well timed and captured

  • Thank you very much Robert!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Awesome stop-action capture, well done Kon!
    3 Week – 26 Jan 2011

  • Thanks a lot Maggie, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Alison M
    Alison Mover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot!! Such a gorgeous animal! :))

  • Thank you very much Alison!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • With pleasure David!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 3 years ago

    Great action shot Kon!

  • Thanks a lot my friend!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture Konstantinos!
    2 Day 2011/02/24 limit 20

  • Thank you very much Maggie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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