A team of biologists just discovered a shark that lived for around 400 years. That’s twice as long as giant tortoises. By the time the biologists measured the shark’s age, it was already dead. However, it’s an incredible discovery. The Greenland shark is said to be the oldest living vertebrate to have ever been found and scientists have said that it might be as old as 400-512 years.
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The shark was captured by fisherman and was one that was amongst a group of 28 sharks that scientists have analyzed. The scientists took the size of the shark into account to determine the year it might have been born and they estimated this to be as early as 1505.
The Greenland species of shark is said to have a growth rate of just 1cm per year and the species is known for having a lifespan of many hundreds of years.
This particular shark was the oldest out of the entire group of sharks that have been analyzed by the scientists during this particular study. And who knows? Perhaps it has a 400-year-old that’s still swimming around somewhere.