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Great white sharks can live up to 70 years


Posted on Friday, 10 January, 2014 | Comment icon 7 comments

Great whites are responsible for many unprovoked attacks on humans. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Terry Goss
The lifespan of the infamous great white shark appears to be far longer than previously believed.
One of the most feared animals on the planet, the great white shark has been a staple of popular culture ever since Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie "Jaws" brought the world's most prolific man-eating fish to the attention of the masses.

Now thanks to new research, scientists have discovered that these behemoths of the deep live a lot longer than anybody thought. Previously believed to have a lifespan of around 30 years, the great white shark appears to be capable of living up to 70 years or more.

"Everyone thinks they know these animals so well, and the public perception is that they're either loved or hated," said researcher Li Ling Hamady. "But in terms of the science, we're only just now beginning to understand what they eat, where they go and how long they live."

This remarkable new find means that great white sharks are now considered to be one of the longest-lived cartilaginous fish ever recorded.

Source: BBC News | Comments (7)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword on 9 January, 2014, 16:47
I wonder if they continue to grow until they die like crocodiles?
Comment icon #2 Posted by DecoNoir on 9 January, 2014, 17:28
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.
Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye on 9 January, 2014, 18:18
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
Comment icon #4 Posted by ancient astronaut on 10 January, 2014, 17:37
Well, at the rate that we (humans) harvest (sharks), at a rate of 100 million per anum, that life expectancy will be shortened significantly.
Comment icon #5 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 10 January, 2014, 17:57
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...
Comment icon #6 Posted by CaitSith on 10 January, 2014, 18:35
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 I wonder if there is a difference between male and female longevity. Females are noticeably larger,maybe they live longer too.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Harry_Dresden on 12 January, 2014, 10:06
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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