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Thursday, June 14, 2007

How Old?

Just how old are animals? We refer to "our Robin" or "our Blackbird" year after year when the truth is that most small birds and animals have incredibly short lives.

I know that mammals have long lives but this story surprised me.

Apparently scientists have just extracted a fragment of a weapon (a time delay bomb) from a bowhead whale that was manufactured between 1879 & 1885. The scientists reckon that the wound was inflicted in 1890. This would put the whale at 107 and it would have been quite a few years old at the time and could have been around at the time of the US Civil War.

The bowhead whale was killed by indigenous hunters off Alaska as part of their subsistence quota.

1 comment:

KAZ said...

Isn't it amazing?
I heard the other day that tortoises can live to over 100 - and they probably can't get much more wrinkly.