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Species with the highest life expectancy


The average life expectancy in Germany is roughly around 80 years. At this point, the animal species with the highest life expectancy have just reached their best age. What is striking about our top 5 is that it seems to age more slowly in the water. A copy of the leaderboard even escapes death for life. 1st place: The jellyfish species Turritopsis Dohrnii is theoretically immortal. Their exact age cannot be determined - Image: Shutterstock / Glenn Young

5th place: giant tortoises: Harriet, who died in 2006, was 176 years old - Image: Shutterstock / peppi18 4th place: Greenland whales can reach an age of over 200 years if they are spared from whaling - Image: (CC): Flickr / ilovegreenland 3rd place: Koi: The oldest ornamental carp was 226 years old - Image: Shutterstock / Paul van den Berg 2nd place: Individual Quahog shells have been living on the seabed for over 400 years - Image: Shutterstock / Karen Sarraga 1st place: The jellyfish species Turritopsis Dohrnii is theoretically immortal. Their exact age cannot be determined - Image: Shutterstock / Glenn Young

Eternal life is an ancient human dream, but no one has yet found the Holy Grail. Maybe because a jellyfish that had the beautiful name of Turritopsis Dohrnii has mopped it up. Unofficially it is also called "Benjamin Button Jellyfish". Because instead of gradually aging, this living being in the adult stage simply becomes younger again and then starts its life all over again. In theory, the Turritopsis Dohrnii jellyfish is immortal and therefore the animal with the highest life expectancy - even if the real age cannot be determined precisely due to its volatility.

The animal species with the highest life expectancy live under the sea

The Quahog mussel also makes it over a few years. It is a subspecies of Icelandic mussels and individual specimens are said to have lived on the seabed for over 400 years. As you can see, there is a lot to tell under the sea with so much life experience. However, the next representative of the animal species with the highest life expectancy cannot have a say. The koi also lives in the wet element, but he prefers freshwater areas. Kois usually have an average life expectancy of around 60 years, which is also remarkable. However, a record copy ensures that the breed carp from Japan ends up in our top 5: it was an incredible 226 years old and has probably got to know many different pond owners.

Giant tortoise is the oldest land animal

And then it's back to the sea, where the Greenland whale swims its laps. The up to 18 meter long marine mammal belongs to the right whale and calls the Arctic seas his home. The existence of the endangered whale species is only slowly recovering after it has been almost completely eradicated. Very old specimens must have been among the captive animals, because the black giants can reach an age of over 200 years. The last representative of our top 5 animal species with the highest life expectancy is also huge. The giant tortoises are the only country dwellers on this leaderboard. For this, they provide very well-known representatives with Lonesome George and Harriet. George recently died on the Galapágos Islands at the age of about 100. The giant tortoise Harriet, on the other hand, was much older: she died in 2006 and reached a proud age of about 176 years.

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