Greenland sharks are known for their longevity, living for hundreds of years. Picture: @JUNIEL85 Source: Instagram

To put things in perspective, this shark could be older than William Shakespeare.

If you think you’ve seen a few things over your time, just imagine a few of the stories this shark has to tell it’s mates after being alive for over 500-years.

A huge Greenland shark believed to be the oldest living vertebrate has been discovered North Atlantic Ocean— and it could be up to 512 years old.

Just to put that in perspective this shark would be older than William Shakespeare who was born in 1564.

Unsurprisingly the scientists believe they may have discovered the world’s oldest living vertebrate – A Vertebrate is any animal that has a backbone or spine, including humans and all other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes.

Greenland sharks, which only grow 1cm a year, have been known to live for hundreds of years. And Given this shark’s length of 5.5 metres, the scientists used the shark’s size to suggest its year of birth as early as 1505.

The shark would have been alive during major world events like the founding of the United States, the Napoleonic Wars and the sinking of the Titanic.

Incredible!