Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What does it all Ming?

Here's "Ming", an Ocean Quahog Clam, Arctica islandica, family Veneridae, which may be the oldest living animal ever discovered.

Judging by the annual growth rings on the clam's shell, Ming was believed to be in the region of 405-410 years old when the clam was caught off the coast of Iceland in October 2007. The clam was named after the Ming Dynasty due to its age.

Hear more about Ming in an encore presentation of
Aging: Stop Right There!

1 comment:

Ren said...

I don't know how I feel about Ming being fished out just like that after living for so long... Then again, I don't think a clam can make a difference more than a hill of beans can in this crazy world... Or can it? Hmmmm...