Sunday, December 2, 2012

The world's longest living creatures-Koi fish

Koi fish: 226-years-old

Koi are a domesticated kind of the common carp kept for decoration in artificial rock pools and ponds, there are types which are known to age to more than 200 years. One of the longest living vertebrate ever recorded, Hanako translated into English as Flower Maid is proof that women do live longer than men.

The 5lb female fish from Japan died at the age of 226 in 1977. Born in 1751, 25 years before American independence, her old age could be accounted for by removing one of her scales and examining it extensively, similar to counting rings of a tree.



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