Most people are afraid of sharks, and it’s not hard to see why. Their razor-sharp teeth; empty, black eyes; and ferocious appetites make them the perfect deep-sea villains. Movies like Jaws, which still scares the socks off audiences after more than four decades, certainly don’t help!
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, only 81 people across the entire planet have actually died from an unprovoked shark attack in 2016. And it’s highly unlikely that any of them would hold a vendetta like Steven Spielberg’s great white killer… so one would think they have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong!
Scientists recently reported some news that ought to make you quiver in your flippers: a particularly hearty species, Greenland sharks, have been hanging around the Arctic for centuries—and they can live up to 400 years!
These sharks aren’t just old… they are really old. Thankfully, they seem pretty harmless, like gentle giants of the sea. Maybe it has something to do with all that wisdom they picked up over the centuries?
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