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17 Animals That Are Probably Older Than Your Grandparents

These animals are like fine wines: They get better with age.

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1. George, the giant lobster, is alleged to be around 140 years old based on his weight (20 lbs). That means George was born around the same time as Harry Houdini.

2. Henry, the roughly 115-year-old tuatara. If his age estimate is correct, Henry was born the same year as Al Capone.

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After some minor difficulties in 2009, Henry managed to produce offspring with another tuatara named Mildred at the age of 111. After all these years, he's still got it!


4. Here's Jonathan, the 182-year-old giant tortoise. That means he was born around the time that Gustave Eiffel, the architect and engineer who helped build the Eiffel Tower, was born.

6. The orange roughy is a deep-sea fish that doesn't reach full sexual maturity until it's 20 years old, and can live to be 150! That would mean the oldest known orange roughy was born the same year Abraham Lincoln was re-elected.

7. Red sea urchins have been known to live as long as 200 years. That means the oldest known red sea urchin was born around the time that James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, was in office.

8. This is Lonesome George, the roughly 100-year-old Galápagos giant tortoise. If we were to assume that George is exactly 100 years old, that means he was born the same year that Charlie Chaplin made his film debut.


10. Ming, the 507-year-old clam. Ming was born only 15 years after Columbus arrived in America, and roughly 57 years before the estimated birth of William Shakespeare.

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At the time of Ming's controversial death, he was believed to be roughly 400 years old. It was later discovered that he was 507!

11. The bowhead whale can live upwards of 200 years. That would mean that the oldest known bowhead whale was born when the Napoleonic Wars were reaching their climax.

12. Somewhere out there, there's a sturgeon that's been around for one and a quarter century. That would mean that it was born around the time that Vincent Van Gogh was painting "The Starry Night."


14. This is Adwaita, the 255-year-old Aldabra giant tortoise. That would make Adwaita older than the Declaration of Independence.

15. Harriet, the 176-year-old giant tortoise, was allegedly taken from the Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin himself.

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Sadly, Harriet passed away in 2006. The world lost a lot of great tortoises in 2006.

16. Wisdom the albatross, although a bit young for this list, is 63 years old. That means Wisdom was born the same year that The Catcher in the Rye was published. She's pictured here with her (possibly) 35th chick!

17. Turritopsis dohrnii is a breed of jellyfish that is IMMORTAL. They win. There may or may not be a Turritopsis dohrnii out there that predates human civilization.

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To put it simply, the Turritopsis dohrnii recycles old cells through a process called transdifferentiation, in which one cell is turned into another type of cell.

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