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Great white sharks 'live for 70 years'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 04:33 PM

Great white sharks live far longer than was previously thought.

Using a new technique to age the tissues of these impressive creatures, scientists have identified a male great white that lived into its 70s.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-25655666

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 04:47 PM

I wonder if they continue to grow until they die like crocodiles?


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Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:28 PM

View PostOverSword, on 09 January 2014 - 04:47 PM, said:

I wonder if they continue to grow until they die like crocodiles?

Most fish do. So if there is a 70 year old shark out there.... may god help us all.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:18 PM

I don't think any 70 year old fish would crawl out of the ocean and flatten any great cities ~ so no fear ...

It would be nice to have even one out there ~ its a sign of a healthy ecologically sound planet ~ a million years ago the oceans were probably full of such aged creatures

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 05:37 PM

Well, at the rate that we (humans) harvest (sharks), at a rate of 100 million per anum, that life expectancy will be shortened significantly.

Edited by ancient astronaut, 10 January 2014 - 05:39 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 05:57 PM

That shark has wisdom... I picture a bearded shark telling stories of times before to all the baby sharks... They listen so intently, like good little babies...


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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:35 PM

View PostYukiEsmaElite0, on 10 January 2014 - 05:57 PM, said:

That shark has wisdom... I picture a bearded shark telling stories of times before to all the baby sharks... They listen so intently, like good little babies...
And then he eats them :P

I wonder if there is a difference between male and female longevity. Females are noticeably larger,maybe they live longer too.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:06 AM

Apparently, Great White Sharks can live to a 140 years... but eating all that scuba gear and surf boards shortens their life span considerably...






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