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5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by ReubenAbati: 1:35pm On Aug 02, 2013
Immortality is an age-old concept. Mythology as old as human history refers to people and animals who never die. But, for the most part, immortality is a fantasy-- right?
Well, right. Sort of. Surprisingly, there are some animal species that, for whatever reason, have simply decided that they don't like the idea of death and that they will have no part in it. These animals are functionally immortal. They never age, and-- unless an outside force does them in-- they could theoretically live forever.

The Sea Anemone

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The lowly sea anemone doesn't look like an immortal animal. In fact, it doesn't even look like an animal. In between swaying to the left, swaying to the right, and occasionally swallowing a bit of debris, this brainless polyp is busy defying everything we know about mortality. A sea anemone doesn't age as it gets older; it simply grows bigger. Fortunately for those who find this a little creepy, none of them have lived long enough to develop sentience yet-- they get wiped out at around age 80 by heat, water pollution, infections and greedy collectors.

The Lobster



Like the sea anemone, the lobster is an idiot. It has no brain, and its central nevous system is about as simple as a common household insect. But lobsters have somehow figured out a way to defy aging as we know it. Unlike people, lobsters don't experience any change in metabolism or body-function as they get older. A one-hundred-year-old lobster will even continue eating, moving and making baby-lobsters without any sense of shame. They also keep getting bigger-- meaning that, after a couple-hundred years, they can be the size of a wolf, and capable of scaring the living daylights out of anyone who's read the Dark Tower series. Did-a-chik? (For more about the lobster's functional immortality, click here.)

The Aldabra Giant Tortoise



Aldabra giant tortoises are exactly what they sound like-- freaking giant. The males can weigh nearly 800 pounds, which would make them the most terrifying animals in the world if they ate meat and moved a little quicker. Fortunately, Aldabra tortoises barely seem to notice humans like us-- they aren't tame; they simply don't care. Because, inside their little reptilian brains, they are laughing at the fact that we get old and die. We aren't sure just how long Aldabra tortoises live, because they have a pesky tendency to live longer than the people watching them. The oldest confirmed age of an Aldabra tortoise was 255 years, but some may have lived to be twice that age.

The Rougheye Rockfish



The rougheye rockfish just sounds defiant. In fact, I'd include a few more desciptions-- like riptide, rugged, rumblin', radical and ravin'-- in its name, but that would probably remind you too much of that douchebag surfer-guy who smoked a joint with your sister ten years ago. And, just like that surfer-guy, the rockfish is incredibly ugly but makes up for it by being defiant of everything. Including mortality. A rougheye rockfish, which is a functionally immortal animal, can live to be 200 years old or more, unless some guy with a fishing-pole manages to break it of its persistent addiction to life.

The Immortal Jellyfish

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The name says all. When the immortal jellyfish gets tired of being a sexually mature adult, it can decide to be a polyp-- that is, a baby-- again. To do this, the jellyfish (technically a medusa) turns itself inside-out, then re-absorbs its tentacles and other dangly-bits. It then land in its grave (or birth site) somewhere in the sand and becomes a colony of tiny little polyps. It's like your grandpa deciding that he's going to go to bed and turn into a few dozen fetuses-- only the immortal jellyfish doesn't have dementia and actually will follow through on its threat.

The Hydra



The hydra is a nearly microscopic immortal animal, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in stamina. (You probably know at least a handful of men who use the same excuse with with their girlfriends.) Hydras are actually remarkably efficient predators; they release an explosion of neurotoxins into their prey, paralyze it, and then consume the animal whole. Every single cell in the hydra's tiny body is constantly dividing and rejuvenating, so any injured, polluted or defective cells are diluted by the thousands of others. Because they are constantly replenishing their living cells, hydras do not age at all-- ever.

Immortality doesn't truly exist in practice, but, in theory, any of these immortal animals really coulld manage to live forever. Unfortunately for them (and fortunately for us) environmental conditions do eventually destroy every living "immortal" animal.

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by demmy55(m): 1:48pm On Aug 02, 2013
The rougheye rock fich looks like the fish in Piranha.

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by crystalballs: 5:06pm On Aug 02, 2013
Awesome God.

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by colombiana: 5:08pm On Aug 02, 2013
Everything dies and nothing is immortal

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by Nobody: 5:09pm On Aug 02, 2013
Earthworms,do they die? And it seems these creatures arent prone to diseases. Meaning they could be immune....

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by chidigood(f): 5:09pm On Aug 02, 2013
Interesting...
Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by Nobody: 5:10pm On Aug 02, 2013
The tortoise is a giant no doubt, but the person holding it is quite short.

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by yinkard4me(m): 5:10pm On Aug 02, 2013
All from under d water..... wat of d mammy water?

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by MizSammy(f): 5:10pm On Aug 02, 2013
colombiana: Everything dies and nothing is immortal
my thoughts exactly

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by LagosBoi2(m): 5:10pm On Aug 02, 2013
that tortoise looks like bush meet. looks tasty.

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by lifestyle1(m): 5:11pm On Aug 02, 2013
undecided
Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by theripper3: 5:12pm On Aug 02, 2013
Rexxie: Earthworms,do they die?

Earthworms wey I dey use salt torture wen I dey small?

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by Martiyu(m): 5:12pm On Aug 02, 2013
brouhaha

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by xynerise: 5:13pm On Aug 02, 2013
Crocs too live over 200yrs

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by dapsyd1(m): 5:13pm On Aug 02, 2013
Can we attribute them to some of the wonders on earth? Cos as far as i am concern their is no mortal creature that doesn't go to extinction its just a matter of time
Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by EllyBrainyTM: 5:13pm On Aug 02, 2013
''They never age, and-- unless an outside force does them in-- they could theoretically live forever''......In other News they are not really Immortals so to Say

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by Nobody: 5:14pm On Aug 02, 2013
kool
Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by freecocoa(f): 5:17pm On Aug 02, 2013
"Environmental conditions do eventually destroy every living immoral animal"( what does this even mean)

Since they get destroyed eventually, why say they are immortal?


Amazing creatures btw.
Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by sweetkev(m): 5:17pm On Aug 02, 2013
IBB inclusive.

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by colombiana: 5:18pm On Aug 02, 2013
the_ripper3:

Earthworms wey I dey use salt torture wen I dey small?
now am laughing
Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by Nobody: 5:18pm On Aug 02, 2013
colombiana: Everything dies and nothing is immortal

And Even death would die itself

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by REMMEI(m): 5:19pm On Aug 02, 2013
Awesome God!...but am still on the stance that even death is gonna die.

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by ucheezeigbo(m): 5:19pm On Aug 02, 2013
monkey nko
Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by JbravoAdodger(m): 5:19pm On Aug 02, 2013
If they r really immortal, ddoes that mean they can't be killed also? undecided

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by sexymoma(f): 5:20pm On Aug 02, 2013
Chai na only kote, shawa and panla fish i don see for ma life.... SMH for masef.

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by damosky12(m): 5:20pm On Aug 02, 2013
Whao!! All glory be to God who made the heavens and the earth. The earth is indeed full of His Glory!!

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by adexsimply(m): 5:20pm On Aug 02, 2013
demmy55: The rougheye rock fich looks like the fish in Piranha.
Nope it doesn't
Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by plainmirror(m): 5:21pm On Aug 02, 2013
SUMMARY
Water is life
5/6 of †нэ immortals are sea animals

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by Nobody: 5:21pm On Aug 02, 2013
sweetkev: IBB inclusive.
that man knows some nigerians are going to repeat what happened when abacha died when he kisses the world g'bye....oh well,on a very serious note,we all are going to die but at the same time live forever in HEAVEN OR HELL.ACCEPT JESUS NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by theripper3: 5:21pm On Aug 02, 2013
IMMORTALITY, TAKE IT, IT'S YOURS

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Re: 5 Animals That Actually Never DIE! by adexsimply(m): 5:22pm On Aug 02, 2013
sexymoma: Chai na only kote, shawa and panla fish i don see for ma life.... SMH for masef.
You never see Alaran and eja aro?tongue tongue

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