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The long lifespan of the Greenland shark, shown here in the cold, deep waters of the Uummannaq Fjord, may only be surpassed by that of the ocean quahog, a clam known to live as long as 507 years. Julius Nielsen/Science hide caption

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Talk About An Ancient Mariner! Greenland Shark Is At Least 272 Years Old

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Dr. Mark Lachs on 'Morning Edition' in April

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