Due to today’s bad lifestyle and bad food habits, we are surrounded by many diseases in the early days of our life. Which also has a bad effect on our lifespan. This is the region where scientists are engaged in research day and night to increase human longevity. Now the human race may be struggling with the struggle to prolong its life, but there are some such animals around us even today. Which can live for hundreds of years.
Yes, this may sound like a lie, but in reality, it is absolutely true. So let’s meet the 10 longest living animals on earth…
List of Longest Living Animals on Earth
Let us now tell you about such a creature who never dies. Yes, you heard right, the creature named Hydra is really immortal. Actually, Hydra is such a group of small invertebrates, whose body is very soft and it looks like jellyfish.
In 1998, a biologist told that Hydra organisms can make their cells new by themselves. That’s why they never die. Let us tell you that they keep replacing their body cells every 20 days. That’s why they never get old. It has also been found many times when Hydra has regenerated the lost parts of its body.
Now it is clear that if there is such a superpower nearby, then the possibility of ending life is almost destroyed by itself. Well, other animals definitely make them their prey and even though they are immortal, they have to face death.
2. Turritopsis Nutricula Jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii)
Turritopsis Nutricula Jellyfish is also known as Immortal jellyfish. These special types of jellyfish were first seen in the Mediterranean Sea in 1880. In the early days of life, it looks like a tiny larva. After a few days, it takes the form of fertilized eggs. After swimming for some time, it comes to the surface of the sea. This Immortal jellyfish grows in a cylindrical shape.
Let us tell you that this jellyfish can be 4.5 mm long, while their red and bright color stomach is completely transparent. Along with this, about 90 white testicles are found on their body. Let us tell you that if they feel any kind of danger, then they again mold themselves in their born stage.
That is, Turritopsis Nutricula can reshape itself as a cell and sperm cells. Due to doing this whole process, again and again, their age has not been measured to date. Their regeneration process is really unique.
By the way, these jellyfish also like to eat other small and big fish and their eggs. Not only this, but when given a chance, it also digests Molluscs and Zooplankton. However, some species of jellyfish here are quite poisonous. No poison is found in the same Turritopsis Nutricula. That is why even if this jellyfish bites you, then there is nothing to be afraid of.
3. Black Coral (Leiopathes glaberrima)
(More than 100 years)
Black Corals found at a depth of 300 to 3000 meters in Deep Sea Water are considered to be one of the oldest creatures in the world. It looks more like an underwater plant than a creature. But believe me, these are living creatures only.
These corals are actually made up of the exoskeleton of invertebrates, which are called polyps. These polyps keep increasing their numbers continuously. And thus new polyps keep releasing old ones. That’s why these corals keep on growing continuously.
Black corals are the longest living creatures, living up to several 100 years. In March 2009, such a case also came to light when more than 4000 years old black coral was found. Apart from this, researchers have discovered corals older than 2500 years. It is believed that the enemies of these sea creatures are few and far between due to what scientists consider a major reason for their longevity.
4. Antarctic Sponge (Cinachyra Antarctica)
(More than 1550 years)
Of all the animals mentioned so far, the animal with the longest lifespan is that of the Antarctic sponge. Which can live up to 1550 years. Let us tell you that since 1700, scientists have removed them from the plant and included them in the category of animals. This sponge is also considered to be the most ancient multicellular animal.
There are 5000 to 6000 species of Antarctic Sponges all over the world. By the way, these creatures are usually found around Antarctica. Not only this, but you can also easily find these sponges in South Georgia, the South Shetland Islands, and the Kerguelen islands.
By the way, normally they grow like branching. Some of its body parts are found to a cylindrical shape. Only some features are soft. Their length can be up to 20 inches. Their color can range from white cream and orange to light grey. Antarctic Sponges are usually found below 500 meters in the depth of the ocean.
5. Lamellibrachia Luymesi
(More than 300 years)
Lamellibrachia Luymesi is a type of aquatic invertebrate. They look like large tubes in appearance. Their scientific name is ‘Riftia Pachyptila’. They are found in the ocean of the Atlantic Ocean Gulf of Mexico at a depth of 1000 meters. You won’t believe it. Their age can be up to 300 years.
Lamellibrachia luymesi generally thrives in temperatures of 50 to 70 °C. Their weight can range from 2.75 to 44.35 grams and their length can be from 1.5 to 2 meters. It is believed that they do not eat anything. Along with the mouth, they do not even have a stomach.
Although they may not eat anything, they fill their stomach only by eating crabs, shrimps, and clams. For this reason, it is believed that the species of these invertebrates may also be in danger in the coming days.
6. Tortoise (Testudinidae)
(More than 250 years)
Tortoises are found in almost every continent of the world except Australia and Antarctica. These animals live in the desert and tropical forests along with seawater. Not only this, there are about 49 species of turtles all over the world.
Let us tell you that this turtle is the longest-living animal species. Which can live up to 250 years. Usually, their length ranges from 4 inches to 1 meter. Most species of turtles are herbivores and prefer leaves, flowers, and fruits in their diet.
At the same time, they can also eat the meat of dead animals when given a chance. Most people believe that turtles are of a very calm nature. But in some cases, it has also been seen that they do not even hesitate to attack ducks and different types of birds.
7. Greenland Shark (Somniosus microcephalus)
(More than 250 years)
Found in the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans, Greenland sharks are known for their longevity. These fish can live for more than 250 years. Some of which have been found to be more than 400 years old.
By the way, Greenland Shark is the longest living fish in the species of fish. These fish are found in the sea at a depth of more than 2000 meters. where the water temperature is very low. Due to this low temperature, they are able to live for such a long time.
Apart from this, the slow metabolism of Greenland sharks is also a big reason for their longevity. To fill the stomach, they can easily fill their stomach by eating organisms found in deep water and small sharks. By the way, it is also no less surprising that these fish are able to keep themselves safe for such a long life.
8. Ocean Quahog (Arctica islandica)
(More than 200 years)
The Ocean Quahog is also known by names like Black Edible Clam. These clams live in places from Newfoundland to Cape Hatteras and New York. On their body, a thick layer of hinged shells having oval shapes of dull gray color and special types of rings are also found on them. By looking at these rings, you can guess their age.
By the way, the age of Ocean Quahog edible clams can be more than 200 years. The inner part of their body is white in color. This white color also has a purple border around it. The length of these Ocean quahogs can range from 2.8 to 4.3 inches.
After completing the mating process, the female ocean quahog lays eggs only once a year. After hatching from these eggs, babies grow very slowly. Let us tell you that these creatures become fully mature at the age of six. They hide on the sea surface in search of food. They like to eat sea creatures like rock crabs, sea stars, and cods.
9. Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus)
(More than 200 years)
Bowhead whales found in the Arctic and Subarctic oceans are considered to be the longest-living mammal. In general, they live up to 200 years. But some such whales have also been seen whose age has been estimated at 260 years.
Let us tell you that the bowhead whale is the longest living whale which is black and white in color. They are very fond of copepods and zooplankton in their diet. Talking about their speed, it reaches even for an hour at a speed of about 20 kilometers. These whales can be 65 feet or more long and weigh over 100 tons. But despite their heavy weight, bowhead whales continue to fall prey to killer whales.
Bowhead whales usually do not burrow into the depths of the water. Not only this, these Wales often like to live in herds. In 2015, in the North Atlantic Odyssey, 80 to 100 fish were also seen on the seashore. After fully maturing at the age of 10 to 15 years, these fish carry out the mating process between March to August.
10. Geoduck (Panopea generosa)
(140 to 167 years)
Geoduck is considered to be the largest burrowing clams. Usually, these marine creatures are found in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean between Alaska to Baja California. The neck of these Geoducks is about one meter long. Which is of dark brown color. Also, their shell is 6 to 8 inches big.
Let us tell you that the lifespan of these unique creatures ranges from 140 to 167 years. Phyto plantain is very much liked in eating them. Not only this, but they also drink a lot of water in comparison with other clams. These clams are more commonly bought in comparison to other clam species.
Because of this, Geoduck has been a huge decline in its numbers in the last few years. Not only this, climate change and sea otters are being considered a big threat to them. For this reason, these clams are in great trouble.
So these were the 10 longest living animals on earth. Hope you liked this article. Do tell us in the comments which animal you find most surprising and have you ever seen these animals. Along with this, it will also tell that you had already heard about the age of any of these animals.