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Old 01-12-2012, 05:27 AM
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The recent discovery of a 405-year-old quahog clam in the Arctic is being held as further evidence that quahogs are the world’s longest-living animals.

An article on the National Geographic website says that the clam, which was dredged from 262’ of water off Iceland, “is being hailed as the world’s longest-lived animal.” Its age was determined by counting the annual growth rings on the clam’s shell. A 220-year-old quahog taken from American waters in 1982 holds the current title for longest-lived animal in the Guinness Book of World Records, but unofficially, the record belongs to a 374-year-old Icelandic clam housed in a German museum.


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People outside of Rhode Island call them Quahogs now?
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People outside of Rhode Island call them Quahogs now?
As a kid growing up in New York, that's what we always called them......and that's a long time ago.
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And to help confuse folks even more, the name of the thing, what we call it, changes depending on how big (or small) it is.
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Wow! 405 years old. Wonder if it was a bearded clam, being that old and all.
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Call me a bad person but I murder the little SOBs when they are only a year or two old.
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And to help confuse folks even more, the name of the thing, what we call it, changes depending on how big (or small) it is.
Isn't that true about the bearded variety as well?
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That was Black beard clam, was on his pirate ship...

He was a nice guy and released it in NC and the clam swim all the way to
Iceland...
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Isn't that true about the bearded variety as well?
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I wonder how it tasted. You know some Japanese guy paid a small fortune to eat it so he can posses it's powers!
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I grew up on the shore of Quahog Bay, we had plenty of old one's there
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"There's probably many others that are actually quite older—we just haven't found them yet," Wanamaker said.

"I think in my stomach if you start getting up around 600, then maybe that would be the maximum—but that's just pure speculation," he added.

Scientists believe the secret to the clams' longevity is a slowed cell-replacement process. But why they age so slowly is unknown.

"It is possible that an investigation of the tissues of these real-life Methuselahs might help us to understand the process of aging," team member Chris Richardson said in a media statement.

Wanamaker added that several research teams want to study the tissue of living quahog clams to tease out the secret.


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