To put it another way, biologically immortal organisms do die, but they don't seem to age. “We thought that it was possible that they could reach ages of as much as 100 years, but we weren’t really sure as we had no validated data on age,” Meekan said. Different species of shark grow at different rates. This means 28 of them have died before they reached sexual maturity. Greenland sharks live at least as long as 400 years, and they reach sexual maturity at the age of about 150, a new study reports. Negligible senescence is a term coined by biogerontologist Caleb Finch to denote organisms that do not exhibit evidence of biological aging (), such as measurable reductions in their reproductive capability, measurable functional decline, or rising death rates with age. Sharks can die of many different reasons like, Age, poison, polution, finning which causes them to drown and die, even being hunted. They have lived through every major mass extinction event and have survived long past many of their competitors. ... they can easily determine the age of the fish. “They have to … It was said to be 507 years old when it died in 2006, but there are other animals that have been known to live for more than a century. So we can isolate the tissue that formed when the shark was a pup, and do radiocarbon dating." The researchers tested carbon-14 levels in long-dead whale sharks whose remains were stored in laboratories. With over 3,000 species spanning nearly half a billion years, sharks are one of the most evolutionarily successful species to ever live. The animal, native to the cold, deep waters of the North Atlantic, can live to at least 272 years—and possibly to the ripe old age of 500. The team looked at 28 sharks, most of which had died after being caught in … The oldest one tested, stored in Pakistan, had lived 50 years. The Greenland shark is the world's new champion of vertebrate longevity. There Is a Shark That Can Live for 400 Years. Aug … (Related: " Meet the … Greenland Sharks grow very slowly and scientists now think they do not reach sexual maturity until they are about 150 years of age. People can determine a shark's age by counting the growth rings of its vertebrae (the backbones); this is a lot like counting tree rings. Sharks are 450 million years old and have been on this planet longer than almost any other animal. ... another 8 before they are 6 months old, 5 more die before they are 1 year old. This does not determine a shark's life span, only the age of an individual. And the female sharks don’t seem to reach breeding age until they are about 150 years old. But unlike humans, they rarely die simply because they get old. By William Herkewitz. Another was at least 260 years old, and could be more than 400 years old. The largest shark analyzed in the study was measured at nearly 16.5-feet long, and was believed to have been around 392 years old in 2016 — which would make her about 396 in August 2020. There are many species where scientists have seen no increase in mortality after maturity.