Oldest marine invertebrate [Non-colonial]
Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 2:12 am
An ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) collected off the coast of Iceland in 2006 was born in 1499. The 507-year-old bivalve mollusc was accidentally frozen by the researchers that found it, as they were unaware of the animal’s record age.
Munro, D.; Blier, P.U. (2012). The extreme longevity of Arctica islandica is associated with increased peroxidation resistance in mitochondrial membranes. Aging Cell. 11 (5): 845–55.
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.