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I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« on: August 13, 2016, 10:11:24 AM »
This is very depressing..

https://www.rt.com/viral/355666-greenland-shark-oldest-study/

I wish I was a greenland shark and just swimming around the ocean lethargically for 400 years not a worry in the world. :laugh:

It beats being a human and working for a living for just 70/90 years :(

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2016, 12:02:32 PM »
Watching all your friends and family, every other creature you knew, being killed, eaten, hooked on lines and a very few dying of old age.

What loneliness.

Doing again, again and again all the things you did yesterday and for 144,000 preceding days. Knowing the fear of attack, escaping from all kinds of predators, each getting faster as you get slower.

The ennui mixed with stress.

400 years of such a life?
For me?
No thanks!

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2016, 06:01:53 PM »
Watching all your friends and family, every other creature you knew, being killed, eaten, hooked on lines and a very few dying of old age.

What loneliness.

Doing again, again and again all the things you did yesterday and for 144,000 preceding days. Knowing the fear of attack, escaping from all kinds of predators, each getting faster as you get slower.

The ennui mixed with stress.

400 years of such a life?
For me?
No thanks!

 :thumbsup:  It is rather grim. You did not note the Greenland shark is blind.
“If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” T.S. Eliot


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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2016, 06:45:02 PM »
Well, that's not making the prospect of such a life brighter!

"For what else is the life of man but a kind of play in which men in various costumes perform until the director motions them offstage?" -Erasmus

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2016, 11:15:25 AM »
Ok but you have to think about when you die as a human you will be just buried in some cheap old box 6 feet under. Where as the shark has an additional 300 years to swim around.. The shark for me any day I don't want to die to soon. :laugh:

Unfortunately everyone around today has only just missed the boat for near immortality  :(


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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2016, 12:10:09 AM »
Well, that's not making the prospect of such a life brighter!

What I thought.

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2016, 09:38:33 AM »
My apologies for stealing your thoughts.

Some folks see this ability as a blessing, others see only a curse.

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2016, 11:21:49 AM »
Ok what about being a Clam ?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ming-the-clam-worlds-oldest-animal-dated-as-507-years-old-after-being-accidentally-killed-by-8942102.html

You get an extra 100 years for being blind and stuck in a shell.. :chuckle:

For example it must be better than than being some Chinese worker in an I phone factory most of your life?

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2016, 12:56:01 PM »
I am fortunate enough to be neither a clam, Chinese factory worker or blind shark.

So, as I sit outside my café, enjoying the noonday sun, drinking a lovely cup of tea and watching the world go by I understand that 80 or so years of this beats the crap out of 400 years of being a blind shark.

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2016, 01:00:31 AM »
If you want to be like a shark, you are going to have to really turn off your mating hormones because the species probably mated when they reach 150 years old.  Talk about suspended puberty.   (:)

There is a tortoise on St. Helena island that dates back to the time of Napoleon.  When he was exiled there, that same tortoise is now there to greet you today.

If you want to live for hundreds of years, you must reduce your metabolism and live at a snail's pace.   :Zzzzsleep:   If you are going to be a mammal, the reduced lifespan is the price you pay for your increased metabolism.

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2016, 06:26:13 AM »
If you want to be like a shark, you are going to have to really turn off your mating hormones because the species probably mated when they reach 150 years old.  Talk about suspended puberty.   (:)

There is a tortoise on St. Helena island that dates back to the time of Napoleon.  When he was exiled there, that same tortoise is now there to greet you today.

If you want to live for hundreds of years, you must reduce your metabolism and live at a snail's pace.   :Zzzzsleep:   If you are going to be a mammal, the reduced lifespan is the price you pay for your increased metabolism.

But its only a short term problem? Science will solve it soon enough , people are already living longer.

When do you think Immortality will finally arrive? Im just wondering as the clocks ticking..

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2016, 06:46:00 AM »
Steve, if an immortality drug were to be marketed tomorrow the chances are that it'd be too late for you.

My guess is that immortality, for most of us, would be an unpleasant prison in a creaking and faulty bag of bones. One would start immortality treatment as a healthy young adult.

But worse than that: imagine just how risk averse immortality sufferers would be, the lengths they'd go to in order to not damage the sack of bones in which they were condemned to spend an eternity.

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2016, 03:47:10 PM »
But they say our kids kids will be able to expect to live to 120/130 That will do me..

I just don't want to die :(

Nearly everything has happened for humanity in the last 180 years such a small time scale , in another 180 years if humans are still about they are going to be a very advanced civilisation.. Just pity I will miss it by a few years ;D

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2016, 03:54:33 PM »
Oh, I rather think that we've seen the best already!

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Re: I wish I was a Greenland Shark...lol
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2016, 12:11:21 AM »
Oh, I rather think that we've seen the best already!

No no lots more to come colonising planets, interstellar travel , disease free life just a few. Exoplanet brides  :chuckle:

Just wonder if the world will still be run by cheats and murderers then ;D