Scientists Discover 400-Year-Old Greenland Shark
You may think that you feel old, but imagine what this shark feels like?
Researchers were testing the age of 28 Greenland sharks by radiocarbon dating their eye proteins. They always knew that these animals were long-living but when the results came back that one female shark was about 400 years old, they were a little shocked. Lead author Julius Nielsen, a marine biologist from the University of Copenhagen, put it: “We had our expectations that we were dealing with an unusual animal, but I think everyone doing this research was very surprised to learn the sharks were as old as they were.”
Greenland sharks are one of the most mysterious animals we have in our world. They enjoy the cold waters of the North Atlantic and tend to spend most of their time in the dark depths. They are very slow-moving and only grow about 1cm a year.
With this new research, they now believe that the shark can only become sexually mature at the ripe old age of 150!! Imagine what these sharks could tell us they’ve seen if only they could see. Oh did I forget to mention that most of them are also blind?
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