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10 Longest Life Span Animals

August 30, 2019

Here’s a list of the 10 Longest Life Span
animals found on Earth. From whales to shellfish, I’m sure some
in the list will really surprise you. Number one… Arctica Islandica also known as the Ocean
quahog – this is a species of edible clam that is harvested commercially as a food source. They are native to the North Atlantic Ocean
and have a life span of 405 to 410 years. There are even reports of a maximum age of
507 years! Number two… Bowhead Whales. Having a life span of about 200 years, they
are by far the longest living mammals on the planet. Although this idea was unproven for a time,
new research has indicated that bowhead whales recently killed still had harpoons in their
bodies from about 1890, which, along with analysis of amino acids, has indicated a maximum
life span of 177 to 245 years. They are predominantly an Arctic species,
preferring the extreme northern climes. Number three… Eels. The eel ranges from fresh to salt water environments,
comprising of about 800 species across the world. Common eels range from 40 to 80 years old,
while the oldest species are thought to live over 150 years. Number four… the Tuataras.The tuatara is
a reptile that is endemic to New Zealand and, though it resembles most lizards, it is a
part of a distinct lineage, order Rhynchocephalia. Their name comes from the native Māori language,
and means “peaks on the back”. These amazing reptiles are thought to have
a life span of 100 to 200 years and more. Number five… The Galapagos giant tortoise has a life span
of over 190 years. The modern tortoise can weight up to 417 kg. Spanish explorers named the animals after
the Spanish word galápago, meaning “tortoise”. People come from all over the world to watch
these magnificent creatures in the Galapagos Islands which is on the UNESCO world heritage
list. Number six… Greenland Sharks. The Greenland Shark is a species of shark
native to the North Atlantic. It is believed to have a life span of over
200 years. Their meat is considered the national dish
of Iceland, but is only consumed after a long fermentation process of 4 to 5 months. This is done to remove the the sharks natural
neurotoxins. Number seven… Koi. The Koi fish has a life span of over 200 years. This Japanese species of fish is a domesticated
common carp that is kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens. The longest living Koi was Hanako, living
to 226 years old, dying on July 7, 1977. Number eight… Macaws. Macaws are long-tailed, often colourful parrots,
that can live up to 80 to 100 years in captivity. They are native to Central America as well
as North and South America. Many species of Macaw have the ability to
speak, and can learn a large vocabulary. Number nine… Elephants. The Elephant is known to have reached a maximum
life span of about 86 years. They are distributed all over Africa, and
Southeast Asia, from India to Borneo. Number ten… Horses. Depending on breed, management and environment,
the modern domestic horse has a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years. Uncommonly, a few animals live into their
40s and, occasionally, beyond. The oldest verifiable record was “Old Billy”,
a 19th-century horse that lived to the age of 62.

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