If You Want to Make an Omelette


British marine biologists have found what may be the oldest living animal — that is, until they killed it.

The team from Bangor University in Wales was dredging the waters north of Iceland as part of routine research when the unfortunate specimen, belonging to the clam species Arctica islandica, commonly known as the ocean quahog, was hauled up from waters 250 feet deep.

Only after researchers cut through its shell, which made it more of an ex-clam, and counted its growth rings did they realize how old it had been — between 405 and 410 years old.

I’m just glad we don’t have to saw people in half to tell how old they are, because tomorrow would be my 36th time under the knife.


One Response to “If You Want to Make an Omelette”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Your birthday is on Halloween. Perfect.

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