Friday, 12 August 2016

Forever young

"Imagine having to wait a century to have sex. Such is the life of the Greenland shark — a 5-meter-long predator that may live more than 400 years, according to a new study, making it the longest lived vertebrate by at least a century. So it should come as no surprise that the females are not ready to reproduce until after they hit their 156th birthday..." Science.

"She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw out her adolescent years as George II ascended the throne, reached adulthood around the time that the American revolution kicked off, and lived through two world wars. Living to an estimated age of nearly 400 years, a female Greenland shark has set a new record for longevity, scientists have revealed." The Guardian.

Greenland sharks grow a centimeter a year but live for centuries. WaterFrame/Alamy Stock Photo

Learn more about Greenland sharks here.