This 512-year-old Greenland Shark Is The Oldest Living Vertebrate On The Planet

A team of Danish researchers has recently revealed that you have discovered probably the oldest living vertebrate on the planet. So, this Greenland shark dwells in the North Atlantic and Arctic seas – starting from eastern Canada up to western Russia – is possibly 512 years old.


A +1000 kg monster tagged and released 🙏🏻 #greenlandsharkproject

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The growth rate of Greenland sharks is actually really slow. It is somewhere around 1 cm per year. Then this shark was spotted by researchers (5.4 m or 18 feet), it was clear enough that it lived through several centuries.

A satellite tag from from this female, which we caught earlier this year in #Greenland, has just reported her position. She is now ~500 km from capture location and she is not alone…. another shark tagged on same expedition is almost at the same location. This is the first piece of evidence on #Greenlandshark group migration. Good job GS304 and GS309 👊🏻🦈👊🏻🦈 #greenlandsharkproject #tagandrelease #oldandcold #extremefishing #science #sharkscience #psat #wildlifecomputers #arctic #ocean #fishing #shark #marinebiology #marinescience #conservation

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The oldest shark that was studied actually somewhere around 392 years old, but because there a 5% chance of a possible error in the analysis, the real age of this shark can range between 272 and 512 years.


In exactly 1 hr and 7 minutes a satellite tag will pop-off from this Greenland shark female, it will float to the surface and establish contact with an Argos satellite. It will then transmit information on position as well as occupied temperatures the past 3 months. By tomorrow morning I will hopefully have the data which just can make it into my PhD before ending in four weeks. All of this (except handing in PhD in four weeks) will however only happen IF 1) the shark is not under sea ice (which would inhibit satellite transmission), 2) the sea is not too rough where the shark is which could lead to that the tag cap can’t be exposed properly in the air or 3) that the shark has not been deeper than 2,000 m which would have crushed the tag and destroyd it…. it also requires that there is no annoying animal eating the tag before we get the data which happened to us on a previous deployment. FINGERS CROSSED🤞🏻#greenlandsharkproject Photo credit: Takuji Noda 📸

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