Gulf of Mexico tube worm is one of the longest-living animals in the world

Scientists research shows that rare tube worm species found inside the Gulf of Mexico  will live for over three hundred years.

Escarpia laminata is celebrated to colonize cold seeps on the ground of the Gulf of Mexico  at depths between 3200 and 10000 feet. The deep-lying tube worms are not as well-studied as their shallower peers, Lamellibrachia luymesiand Seepiophila Jonesi.

Cold seeps hydrothermal vents leach sulphide, methane series and different hydrocarbon-rich fluids into the cold ocean waters. Although cold seeps are usually colder than alternative styles of hydrothermal vents, the gases coming up from underground ar  usually hotter than the rest of the water.

To determine the living period of Escarpia laminate, scientists collected a few hundred tube worm specimens from the deep-lying cold seeps. Back within the science lab, the tube worms were hold beneath conditions like their natural surround and scientists measured their growth rates.

Researchers have shaped the longevity of Lamellibrachia luymesi using annual growth rates, rates of death and replica among tube worm populations. Similar modeling techniques allowed scientists to estimate the lifespans of the Escarpia laminata specimens.

The scientists found many of the tube worms were old over 250 years. Some were older than three hundred years. Most of the specimens were old between a hundred and two hundred years.

“At over 250 years recent, Escarpia laminata achieves a lifetime that exceeds different  longevity records,” Alanna Durkin, a investigator at Temple University, aforesaid during a news unleash.

Durkin and her colleagues revealed their analysis of Escarpia laminata’s longevity this week in the journal The Science of Nature.

The new study suggests the tube worm species is one among the oldest familiar animals. The longest-living land vertebrate is still Galapagos tortoise. One turtle was found to be alive for 177 years. Bowhead whale whales art he longest-living mammal — scientists known whales of lifespan of 211 years. Scientists believe the marine clam Arctica Islandica can live around five hundred years.

“Given the uncertainty related to estimating the ages of the longest people, there is also large Escarpia laminata tubeworms alive in nature that live even longer,” Durkin reported.


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