Fuzzy Friday: Fun Facts About Some Amazing Almost Immortal Animals!


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1. Clams can live to be over 400 years old and age at a very slow rate.  The oldest clam ever discovered was a 405-410 year old ocean quahog clam named Ming (named after the Ming Dynasty) by Professor of Ocean Sciences Chris Richardson.

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2. Turtles can live for centuries and their insides stop aging once they reach their teenage years. T he all-time verified record holder for oldest tortoise, according to Guinness World Records, is Adwaita , who was estimated at his death to have been around 255 years

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3. Jellyfish : The Turritopsis Nutricula is a small Species of Jellyfish which can basically regenerate it’s cells forever. It is the only known case of an animal capable of reverting completely to a sexually immature, colonial stage after having reached sexual maturity as a solitary stage.[2][3] It does this through the cell development process of transdifferentiation.  Cell transdifferentiation is when the jellyfish “alters the differentiated state of the cell and transforms it into a new cell”.

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4. Lobsters don’t age they just continue to grow until they are killed.  The Guinness book of world records holds the oldest lobster at caught was in Nova Scotia, Canada, weighing 20.15 kilograms (44.4 lb). It’s age can only be speculated but it is believed to have been over 100 years old.

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5. The Tardigrade otherwise known as a “waterbear” can survive:

  •  from -459 Degrees F to 212 Degrees F
  •  IN Pressure 6X the deepest ocean
  • Radiation
  • 10 years w/o food, they just slow their metabolism down and wait until more favorable conditions come along
  • They are the first animal to survive in open space.  The Tardigrade was selected to join other microscopic organisms selected to be part of a project into extreme survival and were flown into space on the Nasa shuttle Endeavor where the Tardigrade prevailed over sub-zero temperatures, unrelenting solar winds and an oxygen-deprived space vacuum.
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6. The Planarian Flatworm is both asexual and sexual and have the ability to regenerate their cells and live indefinitely.  Planaria can be cut into pieces, and each piece can regenerate into a complete organism. Cells at the location of the wound site proliferate to form a blastema that will differentiate into new tissues and regenerate the missing parts of the piece of the cut planaria. It’s this feature that gave them the famous designation of being “immortal under the edge of a knife.”

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