Discussion in 'Mayberry Lounge' started by Drain Bamage, Oct 30, 2020.
God wants the best of his creations by his side. That's why.
I wish they did. Losing pets is soul shattering. I look at my cat and I can barely accept that I'll have to say goodbye to her someday.
The immortal Jellyfish and a dozen more creatures live longer than humans, which are also animals.
These little dudes can live for 80 years upwards
And God reduced our lifespans, dawg.
Because nobody wants to eat meat as tough as a boot.
They have no medical attention in the wild.
And tortoises can live longer than people.
also whales. They found whales with harpoons in them from like 100 years ago.
They think this guy is 392 years old.....
Humans really have quite an exceptional lifespan, all considered.
Normally creatures which predate expend vast amounts of energy doing such and therefore die early. Creatures which are predated on expend energy avoiding being eaten as well as sometimes being eaten so they die early.
To be long lived you need to be larger enough to be not a victim of your environment and move slowly yet surely.
Whales, elephants, turtles, some non-predatory sharks fit this bill. Humans sortof do but then we also have the extreme intelligence advantage.
There is some thought that sheer volume of muscle mass assists longevity by providing more opportunities to combat DNA replication failures ie cancers and the like
Because we're gonna kill them anyway so God decided to give them a short life
What about dogs and cats though. They benefit from all our human knowledge and medical treatment, dont have to evade predators but still have very short lifespans.
Tortoises live for over 100 years old. Charles Darwin owned a tortoise that died as recently as 2006:
Shit, came here to bring the greenland shark up!
IIRC, the 392 years is only the conservative estimate, the pal could even be older!
Regardless of that, it's mind blowing that this shark pretty much lived during whole modern human history, lol.
God is cruel.
When kept as pets, parrots are remarkably long-lived. The larger the bird the longer they live.
Having owned a cockatiel for the last 15 years, I will never again own another bird, let alone a parrot.
Parakeets: 10-15 years.
Cockatiels: 15-25 years
Conures: 20-30 years
Cockatoos: 40-60 years
Macaws: 60-70 years
African Grey: 70-80 years
Supposedly, Winston Churchill's pet parrot is still alive and cursing Hitler.
I was watching one of those Discovery channel shows about life in really deep waters, and there are these scavenger sharks that live at the very bottom of the sea. They look similar to great whites, but they primarily feed off of dead sea life on the ocean floor. They took a sample of one of these things' flesh with a remote submarine and dated it. The fucking thing was about 500 years old, which means it was alive around the time that Columbus discovered America. Fucking astonishing.
The nugget of wisdom I got from this is long life = wear ninja turtle shell 24/7. Expend less energy trying not to get eaten.
I wonder if cold water has something to do with longevity.
Who knows, i don't...
But what i do know is that their metabolism is ultra slow, i guess that's the most important factor.
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