Saturday, 11 January 2014

Great white sharks 'live for 70 years

By Jonathan Amos
Science correspondent, BBC News

Great white sharks live far longer than was previously thought.

Using a new technique to age the tissues of these impressive creatures, scientists have identified a male great white that lived into its 70s.

The researchers say the finding has important implications for the animals' protection.

Knowing the longevity of a species, how fast it grows and when it reaches sexual maturity is vital information for designing conservation programmes.

"These creatures are amazing and it's fascinating to study them," said Li Ling Hamady, who is part of a joint programme between MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the US.

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