World’s Oldest Animal Wasn’t Killed Just to Determine Its Age

Written by on November 25, 2013 in Marine Life

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The Cookii monster: Huge deadly pink jellyfish rediscovered 100 YEARS after it was last seen off the Australian coast
An incredibly rare jellyfish, Crambione Cookii, was spotted off the coast of Queensland, Australia for the first time in over 100 years. This species jellyfish was last seen off the coast of Cookstown, Queensland in 1910. Because of the lack of sightings, little is known about it except that it has a seriously powerful sting. This jellyfish measures 50cm and is now being cared for at the UnderWater World Aquarium where scientists are observing it.

New genomic study provides a glimpse of how whales could adapt to ocean
A new paper details the minke whale genome and how whales successfully adapted to the ocean. Several factors contribute to the challenge of adapting to ocean life, including the high salt level and, of course, the fact that whales breath air just like humans. They explore other adaptions including a whale’s deep diving ability, baleen instead of teeth, and more.

An ocean quahog, Arctica islandica, not quite as big as Ming.

An ocean quahog, Arctica islandica, not quite as big as Ming. Photo credit: Hans Hillewaert, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Oldest Clam Consternation Overblown
Ming, the very old, very large clam was collected in 2006 from the Icelandic shelf. It was frozen on board, along with about 200 other clams, which killed it. News of this giant clam’s death was first reported in 2007 and just recently became a popular topic again when researchers determined that Ming was 507, which was older than previously thought. The world’s oldest-recorded animal was born when the Ming Dynasty ruled China. But, contrary to what many are saying, scientists did not kill this clam just to see how old it was. It also wasn’t the only “really ancient thing living on earth.” Read more here.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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