Scientists have found an animal that has been sitting for 7 years in the same place

Researchers from the University of Budapest for 8 years observed the life and habits of a rare amphibian - the cave salamander (or the European protea, Proteus anguinus) and found that one of the experimental creatures spent seven years without movement.

Scientists have found an animal that has been sitting for 7 years in the same place

Nineteen individuals living in the cave under water were marked with special ink, and during the period 2010-2018 each was carefully monitored, including with respect to movements. Throughout the entire period, the protea moved away from the original location by an average of 5 meters, while the most mobile climbed very far - almost four tens of meters. But one individual demonstrated a truly meditative state, having spent 2570 days at one point.

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Researchers specify that creatures of this species are able to live without food for years, and show activity only every twelve and a half years, when the time comes to mate.

Proteins have almost transparent skin and are almost blind. Some researchers claim that these creatures can live up to hundreds of years.