Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Jump Around

What would you add to a list of 'Species that are good at jumping'?  Fleas can jump high.  Frogs are good at jumping and add in locust/grasshoppers and kangaroos too.  Maybe horses?  But when it comes to jumping - and being good at it, your list of 'jumping stuff' is probably going to be quite short.  Would you put homo sapien on that list?

You might not be aware of who Stefan Holm is, but you will certainly recognise what an incredible ability it is to be able to effortlessly hurdle your own height!


Natural Athlete said...

The list of animals with incredible impressive jumping ability is quite extensive. Their quite inspiring to us traceurs.

Every Cat species, especially cougars, leopards, Caracal and Serval
The Fossa
Red and Grey Fox
Arboreal squirrels
Bush Babies
Some breeds of Dog(pit bulls)
Spinner Sharks
Most Cervids
Kangarro Rats
and my Personal Favorites

Asclepius said...

Cheers Rafe! I had in mind land-based animals rather than acquatic species like dolphin. However I concede that the list is longer than I had thought - I mean goats!? Goats didn't even enter my mind.

I can see how traceurs would get inspred by some of the animals in your list - certainly those that jump tree to tree, and even the way big cats gracefully navigate obstacles with a jump.

Methuselah said...

Holy crap. That's all there is to say.

Asclepius said...

Yeah - I had to look at it a few times and ask myself if it was filmed from a funny camera angle or some other kind of trick of perspective, but you can see quite clearly that he is jumping head height. With grace!

Whether you are a midget or giant (or somewhere in between), that kind of explosive power - to jump your own head height - is damn amazing.