Top 5 Longest Living Animals


Who is the “Methuselah” of the Animal Kingdom? Take a look at our list of the Top 5 Longest Living Animals to find out which creatures have the longest lifespans in nature, and some other interesting facts along the way!

1) Ocean Quahog

Ocean Quahog
  • Oldest recorded lived to be 507 years old
  • Native to the North Atlantic Ocean
  • They grow to sizes exceeding 50 mm shell height
  • Also harvested commercially as a food source
  • Life span: 400+ years

2) Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale
  • Stocky dark-colored whale without a dorsal fin
  • Also has the record for having the largest mouth of any animal
  • Lives entirely in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters
  • Can grow to 20 m (66 ft) in length
  • Life span: ~210 years

3) Rougheye Rockfish

Rougheye Rockfish
  • Named because of the ten or so spines found on the lower eyelids
  • Grows to a maximum of about 97 cm (38 in) in length
  • Exist in the North Pacific, from Japan all the way to San Diego
  • Live near the seabed over rocks surrounded by soft substrates and in caves and crevices
  • Life span: ~205 years

4) Red Sea Urchin

Red Sea Urchin
  • Found in the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Baja California
  • Typically found on rocky shores sheltered from extreme wave action
  • Their spherical body is completely covered by sharp spines that can grow up to 8 cm (3.1 in)
  • Often found living in clumps from five to ten
  • Life span: ~200 years

5) Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Tortoise
  • Largest living species of tortoise
  • 14th heaviest living reptile (up to 250kg)
  • Native to seven of the Galápagos Islands
  • Live very uncomplicated lives, and can nap up to 16 hours a day
  • Life span: ~175 years

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