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somewhatshocked 09-25-2013 06:55 PM

Woah, an 80-year-old Fish!
Check this out:


If you thought that 40 year old sixbar angelfish is old, then let us introduce you to Granddad. Granddad is an Australian Lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, living at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago who is more than 80, eight-zero, years old. Granddad first came to live at the Shedd Aquarium during the 1933 World’s Fair.
Definitely go read the article. Interesting!

Update: here's the original CBS story about it.

h4n 09-25-2013 07:21 PM

wowie! 80!!!

msjinkzd 09-25-2013 07:47 PM

Grandad! He was in a presentation on primitive fish that I attended this past weekend :)

To clarify, he has been part of the exhibit for 80 years, and was full sized when added. So it is older than 80!

somewhatshocked 09-25-2013 08:07 PM

You're right - definitely older than 80.

I had no idea he was that old when I saw him last year. Just thought it was 30-40 years.

Always floored to see fish kept in captivity for so long. Gives me hope for so many of the aquatic species that are endangered.

somewhatshocked 09-25-2013 08:15 PM

P.S. Reading these articles reminds me of Rachel's own monsters. Go check them out ASAP.

And this link and this one.

msjinkzd 09-25-2013 09:39 PM

haha, And I have only had mine or 8 or 9 years! I had the graet, great pleasure of seeing Solomon David present this weekend. Man, so many neat fish and so much cool conservation work being done in the US (gar, paddlefish, sturgeon, etc)!

ThatGuyWithTheFish 09-25-2013 10:07 PM

European eels live 50-60 in the wild.

Lowe 09-25-2013 10:13 PM

That is awesome. Kudos to those at the Shedd for 80 years of awesome husbandry.

plantbrain 09-26-2013 12:39 AM

22 Year old Gold nugget, and a 20 years old Synodontis, but both could have lived longer I suspect.

I'm just a fish killer.

msjinkzd 09-26-2013 12:40 AM

you rapscallion!

somewhatshocked 09-26-2013 01:35 PM

Wish you folks with all these awesome fish would post tons more photos and stories!

Was up half the night reading about old fish in captivity.

msjinkzd 09-26-2013 02:54 PM

big fish are really hard to photograph, you need multiple flashes. I am WAY overdo on an update on my big guys.

somewhatshocked 09-26-2013 03:52 PM

I would settle for a dedicated webcam focused on them.

msjinkzd 09-26-2013 04:00 PM

i don't even own one! LOL

ipkiss 09-26-2013 04:16 PM

B..But, aren't koi's known to fairly easily get to over 50 years? I believe the record is over 200. Or they don't count on this list since its a pond fish?

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