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Longest Living Animals – If you don’t believe it, then go through the longest living animals list. You will be astounded to know that even the tenth positioned longest living animal on the earth has lived more than Jeanne Louise Calment, the French woman who holds the Guinness world record of the longest living person on this earth. She lived for 122 years.
Here is the List of Longest Living Animals in the World.
10. Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)
North America’s largest fish once abundant are now on the verge of extinction. This freshwater fish is found in upper Mississippi and are one of the oldest indigenous species of Great Lake. According to the scientists, a female Lake Sturgeon has a lifespan of 150 years. In fact, in 1953 scientists found a specimen in Canada which was 152 years old. That is why this streamlined shape monster holds the tenth position in the list of top ten longest living animals.
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9. Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Geochelone gigantean)
A native to Aldabra Islands in the Indian Ocean this species of tortoise has a lifespan of 150-160 years. The Aldabra tortoise is considered as one of the longest living land animals. These dome-shaped shell tortoises could weigh from 150 – 200 kg. The biggest threat that these giants are facing is the loss of habitat making their existence vulnerable.
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8. Geoduck (Panopea generosa)
A native of Puget Noise, these long necked ducks are considered as one of the longest living animals with the lifespan of 160-170 years. Pronounced as “Gooey Duck”, amazingly these are found in abundance and are filter feeders. You may also be amused to know that these species mostly found in inland waters of British Columbia and Alaska are the largest burrowing clam in the world and are extremely productive. Plus, its look makes it one of the weirdest animals on the planet.
7. Giant Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra)
World’s largest tortoise, this giant tortoise weighs more than 400 kg and is the longest living land animal. Found in Galapagos, these saddle shaped tortoises were discovered by Spanish sailors in 1535. In fact, the word Galapagos itself means tortoise in Spanish. They have a lifespan of 170-180 years and are one of the laziest animals resting for almost 16 hours a day. These herbivores are the listed endangered species.
6. Red Sea Urchin (Mesocentrotus franciscanus)
These beautiful red colored echinoderms or spiny-skinned animal holds the sixth position of longest living animals list. Grazing on seaweed and kelp, the Red Sea Urchin could even live up to 200 years. Just like a porcupine’s, these sea urchins have quills on their long spines. These quills help them to deter predators. These are found in the Pacific Ocean from the coast of Alaska to Baja California in the east.
5. Rougheye Rockfish (Sebastes aleutianus)
With a lifespan of 200 -210 years, these are one of the longest living animals in the world and listed at the fifth position in the oldest living animals. Also famous as black-throat rockfish, these are profusely found in the North Pacific along the coast of Japan to the south of San Diego California. They feed mainly on shrimps crabs and other small fishes.
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4. Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus)
These dark colored whales are predominantly found in Arctic waters. They have a lifespan of over 200 years making them one of the longest living animals on earth. They feed with mouth open while swimming forward and you will be further stunned to know that they are capable of breaking sea ice.They can weigh from 75 to 100 tons.
3. Lamellibrachia Tube worms (Lamellibrachia luymesi)
Profusely found in the northern portions of the Gulf of Mexico where the hydrocarbons like oil and methane are leaking out of the seafloor, these tube worms are the longest living animals with the lifespan of around 250 years.
2. Greenland Shark (Somniosus microcephalus)
This Grey shark is found mainly in the North Atlantic Ocean and Arctic Ocean waters. These sharks weigh around 400 kg and could even live up to 400 years. It is the second longest living animal in the world and feeds on large carcasses. According to marine biologists, they have poisonous meat and must not be consumed.
1. Ocean Quahog (Arctica islandica)
This species is the longest living animal on the planet. Plus it holds the first position in the list of oldest living animals as well. It has a lifespan of 400 to 500 years and the rings on the shell resemble much like the rings on a tree. Native of North Atlantic Ocean is a commercially consumed food source. The highest authenticated age of Ming the clam is 507 years. This specimen was taken from the coast of Iceland in 2006. The Ming name was given to it by the journalists of Sunday Times as it was born in the era of Ming dynasty.
The stupendous list of 10 longest living animals is over now leaving behind many questions. You need to understand that these longest living animals on earth have survived till now but there are many in this list that is on the brink of extinction. The onus lies on us to ensure that they survive longer and retain their places in the oldest living animals list.
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