Rare Whales Can Live to Nearly 200, Eye Tissue Reveals

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 13, 2006   View Article

Scientists have looked into the eyes of rare bowhead whales and learned that some of them can outlive humans by generations—with at least one male pushing 200 years old.

“About 5 percent of the population is over a hundred years old and in some cases 160 to 180 years old,” said Jeffrey Bada, a marine chemist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California.

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