The oldest living vertebrates? Greenland sharks could live 300-500 years

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The Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus), a little known species, rivals the white shark in size. According to Wikipedia, individuals can be as long as 7.3 m (24 ft) and weigh more than 1,400 kg (3,100 lb). Here’s what they look like:
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 They are mostly fish-eaters, swim slowly, and live in the area below:
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 They have poisonous flesh, laced with neurotoxins that aren’t lethal to humans but can make sled dogs temporarily unable to stand; and although they are carnivores, haven’t been reported to attack humans. They do, however, eat large animals, though perhaps only after the animals are dead. As Wikipedia notes:
Greenland sharks are some of the slowest-swimming sharks, which attain a maximum swimming speed about half the maximum swimming speed of a typical seal. Therefore, biologists have wondered how the sharks are able to prey on the seals. Greenland sharks apparently search out seals and ambush them while they sleep. Greenland sharks have…

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Author: Mick Talbot

Besotted with nature in all its wondrous formats.

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