What is the oldest living turtle

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When people live to be over 100 years old, it's worth reporting. There are animals that age-technically put in our pockets. Or did you know how old turtles get? The unbelievable story knows more.

Status: 13.03.2019

The island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic. Napoleon Bonaparte spent the last years of his life here in exile. And even in our day the remote island has an extraordinary inhabitant. His name is Jonathan. Jonathan is a giant tortoise - and a very special one ...

When Jonathan hatched from the egg, lightbulbs and telephones weren't invented yet. Karl Marx went to school and Bavaria's fairy tale king Ludwig II was not even born. It should have been around 1832. We do not know exactly because the birth of a turtle is usually not one of the events that humans record in chronicles. But there is an old photo of Jonathan that shows him in 1886 sitting on the lawn in the British Governor's garden. Jonathan was already fully grown by then, which is why experts date his birth to the early 1830s.

Jonathan tortoise is over 180 years old

More than 180 years later, Jonathan still lives on St. Helena. It is said that he no longer sees well - but he can hear all the better. This Methuselah among the turtles is considered to be one of the oldest living land animals.


Under water, however ... the age record lies in a completely different sphere.

Greenland sharks can live up to 500 years

Deep in the North Atlantic, a creature is making circles whose life expectancy sounds almost unbelievable: the Greenland Shark can live to be 500 years - and perhaps even older - this is what studies on a five-meter-long specimen suggest. This shark should have been a contemporary of Christopher Columbus and Martin Luther. And we don't even know how many years the animal would have lived if it hadn't been caught in a fishing net.

Giant shams are believed to be the oldest

The enormous lifespan of the Greenland Shark has also surprised science. But they don't hold the age record in the animal kingdom either. This title is due to a giant sponge. A species that lives on the Antarctic ocean floor and is believed to be up to 10,000 years old.

Man may feel himself to be the crown of creation. In terms of life expectancy, it is definitely not.