Fact Du Jour – September 14, 2019 – Greenland Shark

My dad likes to say:

There are bold squirrels, and there are old squirrels, but there are no old, bold squirrels.

Which of course is wrong, otherwise there would be no Slappy Squirrel on the Animaniacs


Slappy Squirrel on Animaniacs was truly an old, bold squirrel even if she’s not real! She would stop at nothing to get revenge if someone crossed her…

So parents aren’t always right with their little gems of wisdom they try to share, are they? Well, if one of your parents told you that one of the oldest living animals on this blue/green marble is a shark? Well, they’d be right!


A Greenland shark estimated to be 512 years old was discovered in the North Atlantic, which you can read more about here. This is a shark who could have seen Shakespeare productions when they premiered (if only sharks were allowed at the Globe Theater). Greenland sharks grow a centimeter a year and have been known to live for hundreds of years.

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