As humans, we tend to live between 50 and 90 years of age on average. Some of the more lucky ones live past 90! When we think about a lot of animals on this planet, we tend to outlive most of them. But there are some animals on this earth that can live for centuries! We narrowed it down to a list of 12 animals that will more than likely live past us. Some will even outlive our grandkids!
The longest-living animals are included here, and it may surprise you that there are even certain worms that live longer than we do. Maybe we can pick up a few tricks from the pros on this list, and make our days number a few more! Check out No. 7, an animal that is straight-up immortal!
12. Giant Tortoise: 255 Years
They say slow and steady wins the race and thats definitely true of the Giant Tortoise. The oldest recorded Giant Tortoise died in 2006 at the age of 255! Since the 1879’s he had been living in the Alipore Zoological Gardens in Kolkata. Maybe if we take life a little slower pace we’ll live a little longer. What do you think?
11. Bowhead Whales: 211 Years
The Bowhead Whale lives in an area where you may not want to go swimming. They are only found in the Arctic and sub-Artic waters. The whales have an average lifespan from 177 years to 245 years of age! Maybe it’s the cold water that keeps them youthful! Would you want to live to be 245 years old?
10. Rougheye Rockfish: 200 Years
The Rougheye Rockfish may not be the prettiest fish in the sea, but it’s definitely a smart one! These guys can be found along the coasts of California to Japan, hiding in their caves. Older Rockfishes tend to live in deeper water to help protect themselves, which could be how they live to be over 200 years old! Who knew that actually hiding under a rock could save your butt and help you live longer?
9. Beard Worms: 200 Years
The Vestimentiferan Tubeworms (“Siboglinidae” if you want to get technical), are commonly known as Beard Worms. They can live to be 200 years old! So yes, you will most likely be outlived by these worms. The scientist who discovered these worms in Indonesia took a specimen and it ended up still being alive 50 years later! How do you feel about being outlived by a worm?
8. Nile Crocodile: 100 Years
The second largest reptile in the world is the Nile crocodile which can weigh up to 1200 pounds! The Nile crocodile comes with years of experience and is definitely an opportunist that will prey on almost anything. They will even attack humans and are culprits behind hundreds of human deaths each year. Unfortunately for us these crocs can live up to 100 years! Anyone else want to avoid the water for a while?
7. Immortal Jellyfish: Immortal!
There is a small jellyfish that is considered to be biologically immortal. It is called the Turritopsis Dohrnii. The jellyfish goes from a larva state living on the ocean floor to growing into a colony of polyps. From there it transforms into a free-swimming adult jellyfish. If this particular jellyfish is exposed to danger or is old it can go back to the polyps stage and start all over again, essentially making it immortal! How amazing is that?
6. Kakapo: 120 Years
Meet the Kakapo, it is the only flightless parrot and possibly the longest-living bird in the whole world! Unfortunately, due to settlers bringing all sorts of new predators to New Zealand, the Kakapo is now endangered. There are only a recorded 123 left today. Thankfully, they live from 95 to 120 years old! The birds are now kept on 3 separate islands that are free of predators. Do you think conservation efforts will help keep these birds alive, and able to outlive us all?
5. Freshwater Pearl Mussels: 250 Years
The Freshwater Pearl Mussel not only produces gorgeous pearls but will also outlive you and everyone you know. They can live upwards of 250 years! That’s a lot of pearls that could be made. The pearls they produce are a big reason as to why they were on the edge of extinction. Now that wild pearls are no longer in high demand, they can be found all over the world in fast flowing rivers. Now doesn’t that make you wonder how old the mussels were that your pearls came from?
4. Alligator Snapping Turtle: 200 Years
The Alligator Snapping Turtle is not a turtle that we want to come across anytime soon! They live primarily in the southern United States and the largest one ever caught weighed in at 403 pounds! It was caught in Kansas in 1937. The turtle is almost completely carnivorous eating fish, amphibians, carrion and basically anything they can catch! Apparently being known for snapping at everything is a good thing. Maybe if everyone avoids you, you’ll live longer? Have you ever seen one? Let us know below!
3. Greenland Shark: 200 Years
The Greenland Shark lives in the cold North Atlantic Ocean. It can grow to be 20 feet long, weigh over 2500 pounds, and swim to 7200ft below the surface of the ocean! We don’t know much about these sharks as they live in a remote area and their flesh is toxic to humans. Scientists think that they can live for over 200 years. Again, maybe it’s the cold water that keeps them youthful or the fact that no one is bothering them. What do you think it is?
2. Koi Fish: 225 Years
Did you know that Koi fish are actually a type of freshwater carp? And that they come in a variety of stunning colors? They were first bred in Japan in the 1800s and now there are about 20 different types! Most Koi live to be 50 years old, although there are some that have lived from 100-200 years old! The oldest known Koi was 225 years old!
1. Antarctic Sponge: 1500 Years
Well, I bet you didn’t see this one coming! A sponge can, in fact, outlive you and many generations that follow you. Ok so it may not technically be an animal (more of a primeval organism) but it can live up to 1500 years. The Antarctic Sponge grows very slowly possibly because they have no nervous systems or brains. Let us know how you feel about being outlived by a sponge!
Next time you see a large Koi fish, we bet you’ll be wondering just how old it really is. Or maybe you’re thinking that a change of pace or slowing things down a bit will help you to live longer like the Tortoise. We aren’t really sold on the cold water being helpful in letting us live a little bit longer. It might work great for the Greenland sharks, Bowhead whales, and that annoyingly long-lived Antartic Sponge, but we’re going to have to pass. Maybe we should check out the Indonesian waters that those Beard Worms hang out in. That seems like a better option! So how does it feel to know that you will be outlived by all of these animals?