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Greenland shark thought to be 512 years old

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Sir Smoke aLot

From Instagram post :

'' it also requires that there is no annoying animal eating the tag before we get the data which happened to us on a previous deployment. ''

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_KB_

well technically all animals can live about 8 cycles under ideal circumstances so humans could be living 350 years, it's just highly unlikely that a creature would never get sick or hurt too badly and maintained a healthy life style, bound to happen every so often no?

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paperdyer

She didn't look too aggressive considering a person was near.  Maybe she's just gotten to the point that chasing us isn't worth it.  Now if we go in the water, all bets are off, or isn't this shark a carnivore?

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Mr.United_Nations
1 hour ago, paperdyer said:

She didn't look too aggressive considering a person was near.  Maybe she's just gotten to the point that chasing us isn't worth it.  Now if we go in the water, all bets are off, or isn't this shark a carnivore?

Greenland sharks are slow movers and eat we presume is carcasses. 

Please don' assume all sharks are many eaters

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paperdyer
20 minutes ago, Mr.United_Nations said:

Greenland sharks are slow movers and eat we presume is carcasses. 

Please don' assume all sharks are many eaters

I'm not as I know they aren't.  As with snakes, as I'm not 100% sure of what all the poisonous ones look like, I treat them all as poisonous and steer clear.

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Black Monk
On 14/12/2017 at 6:33 PM, paperdyer said:

She didn't look too aggressive considering a person was near.  Maybe she's just gotten to the point that chasing us isn't worth it.  Now if we go in the water, all bets are off, or isn't this shark a carnivore?

They aren't aggressive to humans. No cases of Greenland shark predation on humans have ever been recorded.

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Black Monk
On 14/12/2017 at 1:21 PM, _KB_ said:

well technically all animals can live about 8 cycles under ideal circumstances so humans could be living 350 years, it's just highly unlikely that a creature would never get sick or hurt too badly and maintained a healthy life style, bound to happen every so often no?

The Greenland shark has the longest known lifespan of all vertebrate species.[20] One Greenland shark was tagged off Greenland in 1936 and recaptured in 1952. Its measurements suggest that Greenland sharks grow at a rate of 0.5–1 cm (0.2–0.4 in) per year.[21] In 2016, a study based on 28 specimens that ranged from 81 to 502 cm (2.7–16.5 ft) in length determined by radiocarbon dating of crystals within the lens of their eyes, that the oldest of the animals that they sampled, which also was the largest, had lived for 392 ± 120 years. The authors further concluded that the species reaches sexual maturity at about 150 years of age.[20][

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenland_shark

 

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_KB_
10 hours ago, Black Monk said:

The Greenland shark has the longest known lifespan of all vertebrate species.[20] One Greenland shark was tagged off Greenland in 1936 and recaptured in 1952. Its measurements suggest that Greenland sharks grow at a rate of 0.5–1 cm (0.2–0.4 in) per year.[21] In 2016, a study based on 28 specimens that ranged from 81 to 502 cm (2.7–16.5 ft) in length determined by radiocarbon dating of crystals within the lens of their eyes, that the oldest of the animals that they sampled, which also was the largest, had lived for 392 ± 120 years. The authors further concluded that the species reaches sexual maturity at about 150 years of age.[20][

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenland_shark

 

 

You missed my point, it wasn't about any one species in general but just about the animal kingdom and how a lot of species could live that long or longer (under perfect circumstances... which is pretty rare)

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oldrover

Apparently it's only 392. Nipper.

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Aardvark-DK

Fascinating. 

Yes it has slow movement, and a slow biology.

A bit like landbased turtles, which can reach a very high age.

Sounds plausibly...

 

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