512? That's just . . . sharking!
Right out of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, a group of scientists have discovered a shark in the North Atlantic Ocean that’s estimated to be a whopping 512 years old! That makes this ancient shark the oldest living vertebrate in the world!
The Animal Channel reports that these sharks are located near Greenland and tend to outlive most other animals because they are a very slow-growing species. They generally reach a mature age at 150 years old, and some reports have shown that some sharks have lived for almost 400 years. This new discovery of a 512-year-old definitely breaks a record. No less than 28 Greenland sharks were studied and analyzed for a research paper.
(Animal Chanel photo)