10 Oldest Animals Alive

Wednesday - 14 March, 2018

There are some really old animals around us. We mean creatures that have been alive for hundreds or even thousands of years. Just imagine an animal that was alive during the signing of the Declaration of Independence still living today.

10 Charlie The Parrot

Charlie is a macaw parrot born in 1899, making him 119 years old as of 2018. He is owned by Peter Oram, who purchased the bird for his pet shop in 1965. Oram later took Charlie home because the bird was fond of swearing and chanting anti-Nazi slurs. Charlie is said to have learned the anti-Nazi slurs in the home of wartime British prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill, who reportedly bought him in 1937.

9 Minivan-Sized Sea Sponge

At 3.7 meters (12 ft) wide and 2.1 meters (7 ft) long, a sea sponge the size of a minivan is the largest ever recorded. It was discovered 2,100 meters (7,000 ft) underwater between Hawaii and Midway Atoll. Researchers could not determine its exact age, but its extraordinary size means that it could be thousands of years old.

Smaller sponges in similar shallow waters are known to have lived for over 2,300 years. So this sponge could be around the same age if not older. Scientists have even proposed that it could be the oldest living animal.

Age is not the only mystery surrounding the minivan-sized sea sponge. Researchers couldn’t determine its genus, either

8 George The Lobster

At 140 years old in 2009, George held the title of the oldest lobster ever found. He was caught off Newfoundland, Canada, and was sold to City Crab and Seafood restaurant in New York City. There, he sat in a tank like a mascot as kids had their pictures taken with him. Then George was spotted by two diners who called PETA.

7 Unnamed Greenland Shark

An unnamed female Greenland shark holds the title of the world’s oldest vertebrate. She is believed to have been born between 1501 and 1744, so she is probably between 274 and 517 years old as of 2018. Even her lowest possible age of 274 makes her the oldest-known living vertebrate. Before she was discovered, the title of the oldest vertebrate alive was held by a 211-year-old bowhead whale.

Scientists have always known that Greenland sharks have long life spans, but they couldn’t tell how long. These sharks grow one centimeter (0.4 in) per year, reach sexual maturity at 150 years old, and could reach 5 meters (16 ft) when fully grown.

6 Muja The Alligator

The oldest American alligator in captivity is in a Serbian zoo. His name is Muja, and he is believed to be at least 80 years old. He arrived at Belgrade Zoo from Germany as an adult in 1937, two years before World War II.

5 Jonathan The Tortoise

Jonathan is estimated to have been born in 1832. If this is so, then he’s 186 years old as of 2018. His vet, Joe Hollins, believes that Jonathan is no younger than 160 years old. The average life expectancy of a tortoise is 150 years.

4 Dakshayani The Elephant

An Asian elephant called Lin Wang is the current Guinness World Records holder for the oldest elephant that ever lived. Grandpa Lin, as he was fondly called, died at a Taiwanese zoo in February 2003 at age 86, which is impressive for an Asian elephant. On average, Asian elephants have a life span of 60 years in the wild.

3 An Unnamed Brandt’s Myotis (Bat)

An unnamed 41-year-old male Brandt’s myotis from Siberia holds the record of the oldest bat alive. It is also the smallest mammal alive. More interesting is the fact that the bat reached this age in the wild. The age of the unnamed bat became known after it was captured to be tagged in 2005. It was found wearing an earlier band that had been attached when the animal was first captured in 1964.

2 Wisdom The Albatross

Sixty-seven-year-old Wisdom is the world’s oldest wild bird. She is a Laysan albatross, a type of bird which has an average life span of about 50 years. Wisdom lives in the wild, and we only learned her age after she was captured to be tagged in 2002. She was found with an earlier tag from 1956.

1 Granny The Orca

J2, or “Granny” as she is fondly called, is the oldest-known killer whale. She is believed to have been born in 1911, which would put her age at 107 as of 2018. She lives in the wild, where she leads the J pod that lives around Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia. For comparison, the life expectancy of female killer whales in the wild is 50 years, although they can live up to 80.

Wednesday - 14 March, 2018
10 Oldest Animals Alive

There are some really old animals around us. We mean creatures that have been alive for hundreds or even thousands of years. Just imagine an animal that was alive during the signing of the Declaration of Independence still living today.

Wednesday - 17 January, 2018
10 shortest living animals in the world

Change in metabolism, brain to body ratio, environment, and many other unknown factors determine the lifespan of animals. Some animals live for 150 years, and some others only live for few hours. Check out the list of 10 shortest living animals in the world.

Wednesday - 17 January, 2018
Top 10 Most Aggressive Animals In The World

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