392 Year-Old Shark Found in the Arctic May Be The Oldest Living Vertebrate

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The Greenland shark has the longest known lifespan of all vertebrate species. Scientists have recently discovered a Greenland shark that is at least 392 years old!  According to reports, the Greenland shark was found living in the arctic and could very well be the oldest living vertebrate creature in the world. 

The researchers measured the creature and estimated that it could have been born as early as 1505. It is known to live in temperatures of -1° Celsius and 10° Celsius. A report by Metro.co.uk, said that the shark can swim as deep as 7,200 feet and weighs more than a ton. 

According to the report, the found shark measured at 18 feet in length. It is this length which reportedly can mean the shark can be anywhere between 272 to 512 years old, as this species grows at a rate of 1 cm in a year. 

A report by The Sun said it was the oldest of 28 Greenland sharks to be analyzed. These sharks have an estimated lifespan of 400 years and they spend their time swimming around looking for mates, report claimed.

Image by Henrik Schurmann

What implications does this astounding creature have on us humans? Scientists are now studying the longevity of Greenland sharks to see if the science behind their longevity can be applied towards humans one day. One possible explanation for the sharks’ longevity is that they spend their lives 2,000 meters down, where the water temperature is around 29 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme cold is associated with slow metabolism and maturation — Greenland sharks don’t reach adulthood until age 150 — as well as long life spans. 

Of course, humans aren’t about to start living underwater. But scientists think in the future we might be able to incorporate into our own bodies some of the shark’s life-extending biological adaptations. 

What do you think? Would you splice shark DNA into you so you could live longer? Let us know in the comments!

21 comments

  • Lin

    Lin Havre de Grace Md

    Feel free to give me a contact and you can splice away. This is an amazing story. I had no idea that such creatures existed.

    Feel free to give me a contact and you can splice away. This is an amazing story. I had no idea that such creatures existed.

  • a

    a Augusta maine United States of America

    Wow. Imagine what other creature under the sea lifespand is. There must be millions or even billions of different types of sea life there is. I'm interested to know what's under the sea that has not been named.

    Wow. Imagine what other creature under the sea lifespand is. There must be millions or even billions of different types of sea life there is. I'm interested to know what's under the sea that has not been named.

  • Jo

    Jo Adelaide SA

    Humans don’t need to live any longer than what we do. Leave the creatures alone. There is a reason they have lived so long it’s cause us humans haven’t fucked with them.

    Humans don’t need to live any longer than what we do. Leave the creatures alone. There is a reason they have lived so long it’s cause us humans haven’t fucked with them.

  • Candace

    Candace Lynnwood,WA

    Wow!!!😮 Let them live in peace ♥️🙏♥️

    Wow!!!😮 Let them live in peace ♥️🙏♥️

  • Susan

    Susan Reno

    No thank you. Don't mess with God's creatures. I'm happy the way I am. Please, please, please leave the sharks and any other sea creatures or land mammals alone.

    No thank you. Don't mess with God's creatures. I'm happy the way I am. Please, please, please leave the sharks and any other sea creatures or land mammals alone.

  • Cate

    Cate Stafford

    Please leave them alone, we were given 3xscore +10 anymore is a bonus. There too many humans on the planet now.

    Please leave them alone, we were given 3xscore +10 anymore is a bonus. There too many humans on the planet now.

  • Tina

    Tina Kansas

    I would not like to live that long. So no thank you!!

    I would not like to live that long. So no thank you!!

  • Shari

    Shari Canada

    Leave the ocean animals alone. Longevity. Get over it. We live as long as we are meant too. Killing an animal so you live longer is disgusting. We don’t need to put their anything anywhere inside our blood etc to live longer. Do not do tests on them. This could cause them to die raking them from their own homes. This is not good. We need to realize we are only here for so long. Other animals are here and live where they do for a reason :..(. Animal tests are not good at all!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Leave the ocean animals alone. Longevity. Get over it. We live as long as we are meant too. Killing an animal so you live longer is disgusting. We don’t need to put their anything anywhere inside our blood etc to live longer. Do not do tests on them. This could cause them to die raking them from their own homes.

    This is not good. We need to realize we are only here for so long. Other animals are here and live where they do for a reason :..(. Animal tests are not good at all!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Dude

    The Dude Everywhere and Nowhere

    Why when we find something that lives longer than us we have to study it for our own benefit to live longer?

    Why when we find something that lives longer than us we have to study it for our own benefit to live longer?

  • Klara

    Klara U.S.

    No, I wouldn't want to live longer than I was destined. I have even decided that if I was ever diagnosed with cancer that I wouldn't fight it. I would have on this earth however long it takes the cancer to take me out and that's it. So, I would simply enjoy my life for as long as I can without any additional nonhuman DNA. Fighting against nature like that for the sake of living life longer than the average or so 3/4 of a century already, is a little scary for me.

    No, I wouldn't want to live longer than I was destined. I have even decided that if I was ever diagnosed with cancer that I wouldn't fight it. I would have on this earth however long it takes the cancer to take me out and that's it. So, I would simply enjoy my life for as long as I can without any additional nonhuman DNA. Fighting against nature like that for the sake of living life longer than the average or so 3/4 of a century already, is a little scary for me.

  • Julie

    Julie Florida

    I would love to live as long as I can provided I am in a good state. We do have an over population problem. So I am on both sides of this one.

    I would love to live as long as I can provided I am in a good state. We do have an over population problem. So I am on both sides of this one.

  • Shannon Wifner

    Shannon Wifner 3531 Kersting dr Muskegon a

    Learning to help, phycit and Monetsrily

    Learning to help, phycit and
    Monetsrily

  • Samantha

    Samantha California

    Please leave the beautiful creatures alone. Go down there, watch them, be awestruck by their ability to live in such frigid climates, don't disturb their home anymore. Imagine if someone came into your home, with weapons greater than yours, plucked you out, cut you and your family to pieces for the hell of it. Or stayed longer than you were comfortable with, invading your space, generally annoying you, and then cut you up.

    Please leave the beautiful creatures alone. Go down there, watch them, be awestruck by their ability to live in such frigid climates, don't disturb their home anymore. Imagine if someone came into your home, with weapons greater than yours, plucked you out, cut you and your family to pieces for the hell of it. Or stayed longer than you were comfortable with, invading your space, generally annoying you, and then cut you up.

  • Krishna

    Krishna Kentucky

    This is absolutely amazing. The life span of these beautiful creatures is astounding. I would love nothing more than to live overa hundred but humans are destroying everything they come in contact with. Lets hope that theyare only being observed and nothing morbid re.

    This is absolutely amazing. The life span of these beautiful creatures is astounding. I would love nothing more than to live overa hundred but humans are destroying everything they come in contact with. Lets hope that theyare only being observed and nothing morbid re.

  • Birgitte

    Birgitte Danmark

    It’s amazing! And its a wonderfull thought to live many hundred years, but not by dna from a shark. Please dont touch their peace and Way off Living. We have spoiled enough. God gave us this life, so we better try to appreciate what we have🍀🌍🌎

    It’s amazing! And its a wonderfull thought to live many hundred years, but not by dna from a shark. Please dont touch their peace and Way off Living. We have spoiled enough. God gave us this life, so we better try to appreciate what we have🍀🌍🌎

  • Betsy

    Betsy Tennessee

    This is my favorite shark

    This is my favorite shark

  • Chrissy

    Chrissy Texas

    I would. A chance to live even 200 yrs would be cool.

    I would. A chance to live even 200 yrs would be cool.

  • Jake Pollard

    Jake Pollard Virginia

    Leave God's creation alone. If you want to live forever... turn to God while you still have the chance!

    Leave God's creation alone. If you want to live forever... turn to God while you still have the chance!

  • Ibrahim Shiyar

    Ibrahim Shiyar Maldives

    Amazing.

    Amazing.

  • Mooney

    Mooney Oregon

    If I get to live underwater and away from most people, I'm game.

    If I get to live underwater and away from most people, I'm game.

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    Mickey United States

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