The Longest Living Animals in the World

The average human lifespan is about 79 years these days. On the other hand, if you are a rat, you’ve got about two fun-filled years out in the wild. And if you’re a housefly? Just shy of a month. The Earth has grown to accommodate some crazy lifespans, from insects that have just a few days up to those tortoises that can live for over a century. But, as it happens, that’s just the beginning for some creatures. There are a handful of living things in the world that outlast humans by a country mile...


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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Healthspan,_parental_lifespan,_and_longevity_are_highly_genetically_correlated.webp
Chart Showing The Average Life Spans of Animals
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jiroemon_Kimura_(ODN_News).png https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Turritopsis_dohrnii.jpg https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/greatmomentsinscience/the-strange-life-of-the-immortal-jellyfish-dr-karl-kruszelnicki/7666380 https://thebiologist.rsb.org.uk/biologist/158-biologist/features/1510-everlasting-life-the-immortal-jellyfish The immortal jellyfish https://medium.com/@ahmadzabir/jellyfishes-are-immortal-myth-or-fact-c516fbe8ca95 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Purple_Cup_Sponges.jpg
11,000-year-old deep sea animal fascinates scientists
https://www.noaa.gov/news/scientists-discover-largest-sponge-known-during-deep-sea-exploration#:~:text=A%20sponge%20the%20size%20of,at%20depth%20of%207%2C000%20feet. https://pxhere.com/en/photo/496028 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Greenland_shark_profile.jpg https://www.livescience.com/61210-shark-not-512-years-old.html http://chess.myspecies.info/file/831 https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/830191/300-year-old-tube-worms-longest-planet-creatures https://scind.org/713/Science/escarpia-laminata-tubeworm-can-live-for-at-least-300-years.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Red_rockfish.jpg
UPDATE: 200-year-old fish is actually just middle-aged
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Red_Sea_Urchin_by_Lawson_Harbour.png https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Two_Red_Sea_Urchins.JPG https://today.oregonstate.edu/archives/2003/nov/red-sea-urchins-discovered-be-one-earths-oldest-animals#:~:text=%2D%20A%20new%20study%20has%20concluded,with%20few%20signs%20of%20age. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Johnathan_and_another_tortoise_,_St_Helena.png https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tortoise_Jonathan_at_Plantation_House_Saint_Helena_March_2020.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Geoduck_held_in_two_hands.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jrb_20081127_Mirugai_tsukiji_tokyo_japan_001.JPG https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seattle_-_Curiosity_Shop_geoduck_01A.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tuatara_(5205719005).jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TWC_Wildlife_Centre%E2%80%A2_Stewart_Nimmo_%E2%80%A2_MRD_8910.jpg https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/116058985/bulk-of-world-famous-tuatara-to-leave-invercargill
111-year-old reptile becomes a dad
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