The world’s oldest living things and where to find them; Sadie Whitelocks; Daily Mail Online

Germany – St Mary’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church at Hildesheim


  • One of the world’s oldest living organisms is a seagrass bed found off the Balearic Islands in Spain
  • The Giant Volcano Sponge found in Antarctica is another ancient specimen, dating back some 15,000 years
  • Along with plants, there are a range of elderly animals including Jonathan, the 184-year-old tortoise

The average life expectancy for humans currently stands at 71.4 years.

But these extraordinary organisms truly stand the test of time, witnessing generation after generation pass them by.

From a 100,000-year-old seagrass bed off the Spanish coast to a 184-year-old tortoise plodding along in the Seychelles, MailOnline Travel has put together a compendium of some of the world’s oldest living things.

Many of the ancient animals and plants attract thousands of visitors from around the world every year.


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