Animal centenarians

Bowhead whales, 122 years
Bowhead Whale - Whale dark color without dorsal fin, which can grow up to 20 meters in length. The weight of this thick-skinned marine mammal can range from 75 to 100 tons, second only to the weight of a blue whale. Bowhead whale inhabits exclusively in arctic and subarctic waters, unlike other whales, which migrate to other places to give birth. Keith has the status of a species "in danger." In the scientific article Ned Rosella from the scientific institute of Alaska has been described by the whale, who was 211 years old. Use the method of determining the age has 16% accuracy, which means that the whale could be from 177 to 245 years, making it the oldest existing mammals on earth.

Bivalve species Arctica islandica - 507 years
Arctica islandica - the common name of bivalves family Arcticidae. This species lives in the North Atlantic Ocean, and it is collected for food. Live shellfish in water at a depth of 7 to 400 meters. In the northern part of their habitat, they settle in shallow waters close to shore. Living this kind for a long time - two individuals lived 507 years and 375 years.

Giant tortoise - 256 years
Advaita ("one and only" in Sanskrit) - the so-called 250-pound male giant tortoise at the zoo in Calcutta, India. It was one of the oldest animals on earth. According to historical accounts, he was a pet of British general Robert Clive of the East India Company, and spent several years in his mansion, and then, about 130 years ago, it was transferred to the zoo in Calcutta. Advaita died March 23, 2006. Its shell subjected to analysis to more accurately determine the age.

Koi "Hanako" - 226 years
Koi - a beautiful species of domesticated carp, which contain for decorative purposes in garden ponds. Varieties of koi are distinguished by the color, pattern and size scales. The most common colors - white, black, red, yellow, blue and cream. Age fish is calculated in the same manner as the age of the tree - the number of rings that the majority of fish scales are on. This method is used to determine the age of Hanako - the oldest in the world of koi carp. He died on July 7, 1977 at the age of 226 years.

Geoduck - 168 years
Geoduck - a kind of a very large family of shellfish Hiatellidae. The name comes from an Indian word meaning "dig deep." They live geoduck off the west coast of North America. Basically, in the state of Washington and British Columbia. It psammobiya largest in the world and one of the longest living animals on earth. Until the 1970s, these molluscs are not collected, but recently there was a demand from Asian markets, and shellfish are caught and are now selling for big money. The oldest geoduck was 168 years old.


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