Monday, 15 August 2016

Ancient shark in cold water

Sometimes the creatures of the deep just fascinate me. And I recently read something fascinating about one of them: scientists may have found a Greenland shark that is about 400 years old. That would make her a very elderly lady (as the shark is a female), but also the oldest vertebrate on Earth (if the calculations are correct, as the claim is challenged). Or well, the oldest vertebrate in Earth's oceans. But let's say for blogging's sake that this is true. She has survived wars, fishing, pollution, what have you. When nature can be so strong, you can't help feeling respect. I wonder what the Greenland shark thinks, if she is conscious of her age, of our presence as primates, land dwellers, when we go near or in her natural habitate, and what she thinks of our specie. Ok, so I am anthropomorphizing the old lady shamelessly, but one can wonder.

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