Fastest Animal in the World Lives on Croatian Island of Jabuka

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 1st of July, 2019, this strange little island is uninhabited and volcanic. Close to the islands of Brusnik and Svetac, the Croatian island of Jabuka (which translates to Apple) was known for its falcon hunting lodge throughout history.

According to old records, hunting was conducted during autumn, more precisely in September. Back in 1603, Francis Castela said that at the foot of the island there was once a small cottage where the hunters stayed while they were spending time visited nests located out on Jabuka’s sheer and daunting cliffs and rocks. He pointed out the fact that climbing on the island of Jabuka was extremely difficult, but facing fears and exposing yourself to these dangers could sometimes pay off very well.

A Portuguese man once wrote that some Venetian nobleman earned a considerable amount of wealth each and every year for selling the birds that were born, raised, and lived on Jabuka.

The Hvar Commune once wrote in favour of hunting the island’s resident falcons, and the proper skill of hunting on Jabuka was probably initially brought about by the Benedictines, according to

In 1516, four hunters (probably from the island of Vis) took a smaller boat and secretly went to Jabuka to try to capture the island’s falcons and make good money from them. Upon arrival, a storm broke, easily wrecking their poorly moored boat and the four men remained on the island of Jabuka, cut off from the rest of the world without food and water. Since nobody knew about their intentions, nobody even bothered to search for them in such an unlikely places as Jabuka, and all four men eventually died of hunger and thirst.

The Peregrine falcon (Falco Peregrinus), known for being the fastest animal in the world, still nests on Jabuka for this day, and they even go as far as to attack visiting drones trying to capture some beautiful snapshots of the island.

The beautiful Peregrine falcon is an absolute world record holder when it comes to speed, possessing the ability to fly at a speed that can reach over 300 km/h. These falcons are not only the fastest bird in the world, but are also considered to be the fastest animal in the world.

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