The 10 longest living animals on the planet

Articles Aug 30, 2019 08:47

Surprisingly, the turtles/tortoises is not the longest living animal.

Wild animals rarely live up to their maximum lifespan due to high infant mortality, predators and adverse habitats. In the ideal conditions, these are the 10 longest living animals.

What is the longest living animal?

10. Red Sea Urchin

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

Red sea urchins are said to be nearly immortal. They are found in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean along the West Bank of North America. These small, thorny creatures have been known to live for more than 200 years.


9. Koi Fish

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

Koi carp usually live around 25 to 30 years, however, there are reports that some individuals have lived to 200 years. A famous Japanese Koi fish named "Hanako", died in 1977, lived to 226 years old. Scientists have determined the age of this fish by determining its growth rings.

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8. New Zealand Long Finned Eel

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

New Zealand longfin eel originated from New Zealand and Australia, these eels usually live to 60 years and the longest living individual recorded is 106 years old. Like blue sharks, these fish grow very slowly, which is why they can live so long.


7. Macaw

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

Macaws can live up to 60-80 years, while their breeding age ranges from 30 to 35 years. Unfortunately, the majority of macaws are currently threatened in the wild and a few have become extinct due to habitat degradation and illegal pet trade.

6. African Elephant

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

African elephants are one of the largest and the oldest terrestrial animals in the world. They can live up to 70 years, especially, according to Zimbabwe's research, African elephants can breed until they die.


5. Galápagos Giant Tortoise

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

Galápagos tortoises usually live up to 100 years. In particular, there are individuals recorded to have lived to 152 years. They are giant tortoises that live on the Galápagos Islands.

4. Bowhead Whale

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

The curved-headed whale has an average life span of 200 years and is the second largest mammal after the blue whale. Their lifespan was discovered when a living, curved-headed whale was found along with a machine dating back more than 100 years ago to its skin.

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3. Greenland Shark

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

The Greenland sharks can reach 200 years of age, in particular, an individual was found to be 400 years old making it the oldest vertebrate in the world. Greenland sharks live very long because they grow very slowly. They grow about 1cm a year and reach maturity by about 100 years of age.

2. Ocean Quahog

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

Saltwater mussels (Geoduck) are molluscs abundant in the Puget Sound (USA). The peculiarity of this mussel is that it has a huge tongue, also known as a giant tentacle, if reaching enough levels can reach over 1 meter and have a life expectancy of over 160 years.

1. Immortal Jellyfish

The 10 longest living animals on the planet

As the name implies, immortal jellyfish are almost immune to death. They can regenerate every part of the body if they are injured or lost. However, in habitats, immortal jellyfish can still be eaten like other animals.

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Source: onekindplanet.org

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