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Long Live the Whale

By Iceland Review

Scientists in Denmark have discovered that fin whales live longer than previously thought—up to 140 years. Fin whales live in the waters surrounding Iceland.

whale_fin_wikiPhoto: Wikipedia.

A dead whale found on the coast of Denmark last summer turned out to be 140 years old, 24 years older than the whale previously thought to be the oldest. The species can be up to 27 meters (89 ft.) long and weigh 74 tons, ruv.is reports.

The oldest living specimen in Iceland, and one of the oldest in the world, is the Icelandic cyprine, also known as an ocean quahog (a species of edible clam). A specimen found in Breiðafjörður Bay in West Iceland in 2006 turned out to be 507 years old.


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