What Animal Has the Longest Life Span?

What Animal Has the Longest Life Span?

What Animal Has the Longest Life Span?

An ocean quahog, Arctica islandica, is presently the animal with the longest-known lifespan for a non-colonial animal. Caught in 2006, the clam was discovered to have lived for 507 years.

The average quahog clam does not ordinarily live for 500-plus years. However, this particular clam, picked up in the Icelandic waters, had its age confirmed by carbon-14 dating. Additionally, it was still alive when caught; it died when the British researchers froze it in their lab, unaware of the rarity of their find. After its amazing age was later established, it was called Ming - in reference to the Chinese Ming Dynasty.