Theoretically, this process can go on indefinitely, effectively rendering the jellyfish biologically immortal,...
Theoretically, this process can go on indefinitely, effectively rendering the jellyfish biologically immortal, although, in nature, most Turritopsis are likely to succumb to predation or disease in the medusa stage, without reverting to the polyp form 😮
Originally shared by Avinash Kaushik
Lifespans of the Animal Kingdom
I have a particular dislike for long, thin infographics that might be better as a simple table. But. There are always exceptions to the rule! :)
This is a very interesting listing of how long animals live. The "loser" is the Mayfly that only lives a few hours to a week. The "winner" is the, I kid you not, the immortal Jellyfish. Immortal.
The next coolest is the Ocean Quahog Clam, average 410 years. The oldest recorded was 507 years. Think about it. We have Clams older than America floating around the world right now!
Close to us, but older, are the Indian Elephant, Killer Whale and Condor Vulture. Nice collection there. :)
It is interesting to look at the breakdown by Insects, Mammals, Reptiles, Aquatic and Birds to see patterns.