Friday, June 7, 2013

If you want to live forever... should be a clam.

No military that I am aware of has weaponized a clam yet, but the big ones are always grabbing hold of divers legs in the movies so I wouldn't be surprised if someone has given the idea some thought.
Since we are all about terminations and finality here, we wouldn't want to leave out a fellow who was "born when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne and William Shakespeare was writing The Merry Wives of Windsor."

Clam, 405, is oldest animal ever
Richard Alleyne, The Telegraph, 28 October 2001 (hat tip: MR)
The record-breaking shellfish, 31 years older than the previous oldest animal, another clam, was caught last year when scientists from the Bangor University School of Ocean Sciences were dredging the seabed north of Iceland.
The clam far outlives other venerable animal species such as the Galapagos tortoise (the oldest known specimen of which lived for 176 years) and the bowhead whale (130 years).
So with our clammy friend here, we will end our (unplanned) apocalyptic animal week on a peaceful non-apocalyptic note.  Sort of:
The shellfish was dredged as part of a study into climate change over the centuries...

Not the specific clam in question (from here)


PioneerPreppy said...

And to think he had spent 400 years trying to get to the slutty clam on the other side of that mud flat at the bottom of the ocean. He was almost there and some kids scooped him up.

damn the luck

russell1200 said...

Pioneer: Clams just shoot there stuff into the water and let it all mix together on their own. Some claims even change sex over time. But yes, it seems a shame that they had to go messing with the poor guy/gal.

PioneerPreppy said...

LOL well now I know I guess. I see why they really have no reason to move much now though.

russell1200 said...

Pioneer: trees don't move much and some of them can get into the multi-thousand year range.