We all know tortoises live long. But ever heard of a fish which lives more than a 100 years? Well yes, scientists have just added a large, sucker-mouthed fish to the growing list of centenarian animals that will likely outlive you and me.
In a new study scientists used bomb radiocarbon dating to find a bigmouth buffalo that lived to a whopping 112 years! This makes the bigmouth buffalo the oldest age-validated freshwater bony fish. Earlier it was thought that these fish live only until 26 years of age. They are native to North America and capable of reaching nearly 80 pounds.
Between 2011 and 2018, they caught a large number of the fish. They photographed and tagged them before releasing them back in the wild, so the team could measure the changes over time. In total, five bigmouth buffalo were over 100 years old, but one became the 112-year-old record-setter.
Not much is known about the age of different fish but the Greenland shark can live past 270 years!