These Animals Live Longer Than Anything Else On The Planet

An American’s average lifespan is around 78 to 80 years old. To many, that’s probably a long time. However, compared to some animals out there, it’s nothing. Lasting for hundreds of years at the very least, these animals live longer than anything else on the planet, and it’s wild.

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Greenland sharks are supposedly able to live for several hundred years at least

Greenland sharks aren’t something you might be overly familiar with, given they live pretty deep in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. However, they’re worth getting to know, given these animals can live for several hundred years. Estimates vary anywhere between 272 years and 512 years, which is pretty incredible. Even at the low end, they far exceed what humans are capable of. It must be all those seals and fish they feast on.

Rougheye rockfish can reportedly live for as many as 205 years

Fish aren’t something that people tend to consider as having a long lifespan. However, the rougheye rockfish isn’t like other fish. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, these creatures can live for up to 205 years. They live this long on a diet of smaller fish and other marine animals, including shrimp. Too bad that doesn’t seem to work for humans.

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Some species of black coral have allegedly been around for at least 4,000 years

Given all the talk of coral perishing due to climate change, you might not think their lifespan is anything special. However, some black coral has apparently been on this planet for at least 4,000 years now. Rather than being a single organism, it’s a mass of identical organisms which multiply and replace themselves to stay alive. Of course, just because they’ve been around for so long, that doesn’t mean we can stop protecting them from future changes.

Glass sponges apparently have a lifespan of over 10,000 years

It’s harder to understand life in the deep ocean, given that exploration here is more difficult. However, experts have apparently learned enough to discover that glass sponges can live for over 10,000 years. Their skeletons reportedly look like glass – hence the name – and they’ve been around for longer than many creatures on Earth. That’s both incredible and terrifying at the same time.

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Turritopsis dohrnii are reportedly immortal because they can revert back to their younger selves

Some people say that they’d love to be immortal. However, after a while, they’d probably start to see the downside of living forever. Luckily, humans still have an expiration date, which is more than can be said for Turritopsis dohrnii. These are creatures sometimes referred to as immortal jellyfish because they potentially live forever. Apparently, when injured or starving, they’re able to revert back into polyps before becoming jellyfish again later. It’s how they continue to live for years and years.

It’s crazy to think how these animals live longer than anything else on the planet. It just goes to show how much more there is to the world outside of the human race.