27 Animals That Can Live Longer Than Humans May 13, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Humans have a long lifespan compared to a lot of other animals. Most of us will live for 50 to 90 years, and even longer with a little luck. But there are a few animals that can actually outlive many human beings - and some of these creatures can last for centuries! Check out these 27 amazing animals that will live a lot longer than you thought was possible, from giant tortoises and primeval mollusks to savage lizards and the immortal jellyfish!

Giant Tortoise: 255 Years

The giant tortoise is known to grow to over 600 pounds (up to about 900 pounds) in size! They are found primarily in two locations - the Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. These gentle giants are the world’s longest-living animals, and their average lifespan is over 100 years. In 1965, one of the giant tortoises of Madagascar lived until it was 188 years old. He was the oldest giant tortoise in the world until 2006 when an Aldabra giant tortoise died at the age of 255! He had been a doddering resident of the Alipore Zoological Gardens in Kolkata since the 1870s. Looks like slow and steady wins the race.

Red Sea Urchin: 200 Years

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The Red Sea Urchin is found in the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Baja California. Sea urchins are small sea creatures that live in clumps of five to ten in the shallow waters of rocky shores where they are protected from strong currents. They mainly feed on seaweed and algae, as their mouths are located on the bottom of their bodies. The round body of a sea urchin is covered by sharp spines that can be as long as 3 inches and they can walk along the ocean floor using their spines as stilts! These small creatures can live for decades wandering the tidal pools, protected by their spines. The oldest sea urchins have been found in British Columbia and they are estimated to be about 200 years old.


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