Giant 90-Year-Old Rockfish Caught in Alaska.

Fishermen caught a giant 90-year-old shortraker rockfish off the coast of Alaska:

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle measured, photographed and documented the fish. They removed an ear bone, the otolith, which contains growth rings similar to rings in the trunks of trees.

They estimate the rockfish was 90 to 115 years old.

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Yeah, I'm not opposed to eating critters, but it seems a shame that something which has survived this long, finally goes by man's hand rather than "old age" or a bigger meaner fish. It reminds me of the sad tale of Prometheus, the 5000 year old tree that was cut down to find out how old it was...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_%28tree%29
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As with other animals that are caught and found to be miracles of longevity, it's a shame this one had to be killed to be recognized.
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