Oldest living shark, born in 1500s, discovered in North Atlantic Ocean

  • Oldest living shark, born in 1500s, discovered in North Atlantic Ocean

Oldest living shark, born in 1500s, discovered in North Atlantic Ocean

But going by the size of the particular Greenland shark, scientists estimate that the shark's age could range anywhere between 272 to 512 years old. The scientists believe that it is the oldest living vertebrate. "It definitely tells us that this creature is extraordinary and it should be considered among the absolute oldest animals in the world", said marine biologist Julius Nelson, whose research team studied the shark's longevity. The ancient shark weighs more than one ton and dwells in -1C to 10C waters and can swim up to 7,200 ft deep into the waters.

They also grow at a rate of one centimetre a year, enabling scientists to determine their age by measuring their size. The total length of this age-old shark was measured to be around 18ft. These 28 sharks were examined by the use of radiocarbon dating of the eye lenses of the shark's eyes and this helped the scientists locate which was oldest of them all.

Greenland sharks have the longest known life span of any vertebrate species.

A Greenland shark has been found in the wild that is thought to be up to 512 years old. The shark's potential age was revealed in a study in the Science journal, according to the Sun.

But that's exactly what scientists believe they have found in the form of one massive Greenland shark swimming in the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean.

Greenland sharks mostly eat fish but have never actually been observed hunting.

Moreover, the flesh of these Green Land sharks have certain type of chemical, which gives an unearthly feeling of being exceedingly drunk.

The LAD Bible reports that, because numerous sharks pre-date the Industrial Revolution and large-scale commercial fishing, scientists suggest they can shed light on how human behaviour impacts the oceans.