Sunday, July 12, 2020

Senior Sea Citizens: Greenland Sharks Can Live Up To 400 Years

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Talk about taking a long time to get through puberty: Scientists recently discovered that the Greenland Shark reaches maturity at 150 years old, and can live as long as 400 years.

Scientists used carbon dating to determine the shark’s age: They’re able to tell how old the fish is by measuring the carbon-14 and “its incorporation into the eye during development”  that was the result of nuclear tests during the 1950s, according to the journal Science.

The Greenland Shark can grow up to be as long as 500 cm, or 16.4 feet, scientists found:

“Our results show that the Greenland shark is the longest-lived vertebrate known, and they raise concerns about species conservation.”

To learn more, check out the video below or read the journal article at sciencemag.org.

John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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