10 Animals That Live Longer Than Humans 

29/FEBRUARY /2024

Bowhead Whale 

Bowhead whales are majestic creatures that are known to live for over 200 years. Found in the cold Arctic and  sub-arctic waters, their long lifespan is a result of their large size and slow metabolism. 

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Galapagos Giant Tortoise 

Famous for their long life, these giant tortoises have been recorded to live up to 150-200 years. These tortoises inhabit the Galapagos Islands and have evolved to survive in harsh conditions. 

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Greenland Shark 

Possibly one of the longest-living aquatics is the Greenland shark. Living in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, these sharks are said to live for over 400 years, making them one of the longest-living vertebrates  on Earth. 

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Ocean Quahogs 

These deep-sea clams have a lifespan recorded by scientists with some being over 500 years old. Found in the North Atlantic Ocean, they have a slow growth rate and reproduce infrequently, allowing them to live for centuries. 

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Red Sea Urchin 

Found in different parts of the world, the Red Sea Urchins can have a lifespan of about 150-200 years owing to their slow growth rate and low metabolic rate, which contribute to their longevity. 

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Koi Fish

While this might come as a shocker to many, according to San Diego Zoo’s website, “Some koi can live over 200 years, so they are passed down from generation to generation and considered a family heirloom in Japan.”  

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Certain species of macaws, such as the blue and gold macaw, can live for over 80 years in captivity when kept in the right conditions. With proper care and nutrition, these colourful birds can outlive many humans. 

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Aldabra Giant Tortoise 

Native to the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, these tortoises can live for about 130-150 years. Their isolated habitat, slow metabolism, and sluggish movement are the main reasons for their longevity. 

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Found in New Zealand, tuataras are reptiles that can live for over 100 years. They are often referred to as ‘living fossils’ due to their ancient lineage and slow rate of evolution. 

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Another marine on the list, Geoducks are large saltwater clams. They have an impressive lifespan, with some of them living for over 100 or even 150 years. 

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