Younger than Ming

Age is relative. As Fayteen and I approach our summer birthdays, we are pleased to report that we are much younger than Ming, the longest-lived animal.

According to a October 29, 2007, report in National Geographic News, researchers at Bangor University in the United Kingdom counted 405 annual growth rings in the shell of this quahog clam.

Since clams, like trees, have growth rings that vary according to environmental conditions, those rings indicate that Ming was 405 years old.

Ming was discovered in 262-feet-deep water off the northern coast of Iceland. We’re happy in Dallas, where, relatively speaking, we’re both feeling very young.

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