Oldest Shark in the World – 512 Year Old Greenland Shark


Researchers have found an ancient shark in the North Atlantic Believed to be 512 years old which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world Greenland sharks are relatively ugly and bizarre-looking creatures It has a long thick gray body and its small head consists of a short rounded snout With ghostly eyes and a ever gaping mouth the species is often plagued by worm-like parasites that latch on to their eyes Marine biologist Julius Nilsson and his team have been studying an 18-foot Greenland shark. They believe. It’s at least 272 years old and possibly as old as 512 years Greenland sharks have been known to live for hundreds of years and spend most of their lives swimming around looking for a mate But the recent research proves that this species of shark could live to be even older Researchers are looking to how Greenland sharks long life Genes could shed light on what determines life expectancy in different species including humans So how did this shark reach this age well Greenland sharks are found in the deep water of the Atlantic Ocean? From Canada to Norway the answer likely has to do with a very slow metabolism and the cold waters that they inhabit The method to discover the age of the animal was determined last year Researchers found a way to predict age by analyzing the lens and cornea of the eye Which they believed linked size with age? Greenland sharks also known as Garry sharks Or gray sharks grow at a rate of 1 centimeter a year Enabling scientists to determine their age by measuring their size This particular shark was measured at 18 feet in length and weighed over a ton by measuring the size of the shark researchers suggest the animal could been born as early as 1505 Making it even older than Shakespeare. With an estimated age of 512 years old makes this creature Extraordinary, and it should be considered among the absolute oldest animals in the world I’m gonna put a list of historical events that happened over the last 512 years in the show more section of this video that this shark was a life form Saying an age of five hundred and twelve years old does not really sink in until you realize it was alive when European settlers arrived on the American mainland of Panama in 1508 Anyway, that’s the end of this video. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time. B-Bye.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. ★★★ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIDEO / FACT UPDATES ★★★

    1) How do they know the shark is 512 Years Old? – For some shark species, scientists use bony structures such as calcified vertebrae to track their age, reading rings that form in the hardened tissue as the shark ages. But Greenland sharks are "soft sharks" whose vertebrae don't harden enough to form telltale age markers, so scientists needed a new method to determine how old the sharks were. The scientists used radiocarbon dating to measure carbon isotopes absorbed by Greenland sharks' eye tissue, The tissue gave them a range for the sharks age — they were at least 272 years old, and as much as 512 years old.

    2) Why did you hook his mouth – Firstly know Wonder World did not hook his mouth, the Scientists may have, I just used the footage they filmed. as for why did they hook his mouth, I can only assume, like in Fishing TV shows, they hook the fish, real it in, take note of all it's measurements, then remove the hook and release the fish.

    3) He's Not Ugly – "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", which means what you find cute, I can find ugly, I think the Jerboa Hopping Mouse is cute, but people find that ugly. we all like and dislike in different ways, for me i think this shark is ugly looking.

  2. I don't doubt for a minute what you are saying it's just unbelievable when you think of something being that incredibly old and think of all the history that is transpired during that animals 512 years of life it truly is remarkable and a miracle!!
    God Bless 🙏😇 Y'all
    Jimmy in NC….

  3. IF its 512 years old it means

    it had a 420th birthday (and probably no one to celebrate it with)
    it was alive on 6/9/1690
    it might live to be 690 years old

  4. Wow! 500 years old but still humans have no respect for it. Hooks its mouth like its some fresh catch of the day. In the name of research one day man is gonna blow up this planet.

  5. Ik vindd het zoo bizar datie zo oud kan worden en nog nooit door orca's of anders aangevallen is of en oorlogen overleefd !!het idee!!

  6. Five hundred years swimming around looking for a mate… Well I just found out what I was in my past life. LMAO

  7. Surely theres a cut off age for when it stops growing, are they just basing the 512 years off that theory alone?

    How could a living beings body be preserved for that long, while also avoiding attackers that whole time?
    I find it damn near impossible.

  8. This is grandpa shark doo doo doo doo doo doo
    This shark was there when titanic sank in the pacific ocean ! What if this shark had swallowed the blue diamond "heart of the sea" and it is still in his big belly till this moment ?? 🤔🤔🤔

  9. If this is the first 150+shark then there is more what we dont see there are 100 %more old sharks and fishes

  10. So, they got it by a hook in it's mouth! I'm guess that since you put this on the internet, hateful anti-animal fascist will hunt and kill it for spite and fun so they can brag about it to their fascist Republican Trump supporting friends!! You my have just signed it's death warrant! Yiou should not make such public, especially in the US!

  11. Someone hook me up with this shark, I want his meal plan, his motivational quotes, his workout plan and financial plan…. His angel is working overtime

    I mean he has experienced all wars, financial depressions, famine, plagues (Disney movie loading)

  12. How can you say that is 512 years old?
    Let's just say you're a scientist, you're guessing right away?
    Where you alive when that shark was born?

  13. Amazing!!! Didn't think there was any sharks that lived that long, much less anything alive now!! Well i certainly learned something today. Thanks for sharing . take care.

  14. Great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandpa shark doop doo doo doop doo doo!

  15. "…have been known to live hundreds of years and spend most of their lives swimming around looking for a mate"

    Aww, poor old thing was probably happy to have the company. I hope it finds a mate.

  16. Have they already given this shark a name? Because, if they haven't, I think that "Yoda" would suit him very well.

  17. How do we know that this species of shark grows 1cm a year for all its life? Don’t most vertebrates stop growing larger after a certain age? Curious

  18. This shark was around when Martin Luther nailed the Ninety Five Day Thesis on church and when slavery sadly became a thing during colonialism

  19. The shark is not 512 years old. The oldest we've seen so far is 392 iirc. It's estimated they can live up to 512 years but not actually confirmed. But nice clickbait either way.

  20. Lol I can't believe what science has become all it is anymore is lies and speculation that shark could be 15 years old they don't know if anyone's believes this your contributing the b.s. scientist that people like Nicola and Einstein spoke of

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