Researchers have found an ancient shark in the North Atlantic Believed to be 512 years old which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world Greenland sharks are relatively ugly and bizarre-looking creatures It has a long thick gray body and its small head consists of a short rounded snout With ghostly eyes and a ever gaping mouth the species is often plagued by worm-like parasites that latch on to their eyes Marine biologist Julius Nilsson and his team have been studying an 18-foot Greenland shark. They believe. It’s at least 272 years old and possibly as old as 512 years Greenland sharks have been known to live for hundreds of years and spend most of their lives swimming around looking for a mate But the recent research proves that this species of shark could live to be even older Researchers are looking to how Greenland sharks long life Genes could shed light on what determines life expectancy in different species including humans So how did this shark reach this age well Greenland sharks are found in the deep water of the Atlantic Ocean? From Canada to Norway the answer likely has to do with a very slow metabolism and the cold waters that they inhabit The method to discover the age of the animal was determined last year Researchers found a way to predict age by analyzing the lens and cornea of the eye Which they believed linked size with age? Greenland sharks also known as Garry sharks Or gray sharks grow at a rate of 1 centimeter a year Enabling scientists to determine their age by measuring their size This particular shark was measured at 18 feet in length and weighed over a ton by measuring the size of the shark researchers suggest the animal could been born as early as 1505 Making it even older than Shakespeare. With an estimated age of 512 years old makes this creature Extraordinary, and it should be considered among the absolute oldest animals in the world I’m gonna put a list of historical events that happened over the last 512 years in the show more section of this video that this shark was a life form Saying an age of five hundred and twelve years old does not really sink in until you realize it was alive when European settlers arrived on the American mainland of Panama in 1508 Anyway, that’s the end of this video. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time. B-Bye.