Killer Whale Older Than Titanic Spotted Off Washington Coast

Posted: Aug 9 2016, 11:22am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 9 2016, 10:39pm CDT, in Latest Science News


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105-Year-Old Killer Living Whale Granny, Older Than Titanic, Spotted Off the Coast of Washington
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  • Meet Granny: World's Oldest Living Killer Whale Still Swimming in the Pacific

It so happens to be the case that the oldest orca in the world is still swimming about in the Pacific Ocean.

Granny, the world’s oldest orca, is 105 years old. She was born a year before the Titanic tragedy. Recently she was seen from the vantage point of the Washington state coast. Scientists have been studying this killer whale since 1971.

That was when they had estimated that she was 62 years old. Her existence is a surprise and a shock for scientists. That is because normally killer whales live to be 60 or 80 years in the wild marine environment. Yet this one is currently 105 years old.

Granny is basically a matriarch that belongs to a group of whales. They have been given the moniker of Southern Resident Killer Whales. Granny was identified via a mark on her dorsal fin and a half-mooned notch.

In the past fortnight or so, Granny seems to have spent her time, along with her family of killer whales, feeding in and traversing through the Georgia Strait. This brave and intrepid whale has been swimming for at least a century. That is indeed backbreaking work.

According to Oceanecoventures, her group of whales often travel 72 miles in the span of a day and they do this in a nonstop manner. Thus Granny must have traveled the world a hundred times through her lifetime which is quite a feat.

Granny was seen in the Strait of Georgia about two years ago. A certain Mr Pidcock captured this veteran whale on camera and the images are beautiful to look at. It was a real fun thing to see this whale. Just to think that it is a hundred years old is in itself a big thrill for scientists.

Granny was born before the Titanic went down. Just to imagine the times from the past years through which this matriarch whale lived, sends the mind into a nostalgic journey of memories.

Other members of Granny’s clan of orcas have lived almost as long as she has. Ocean Sun and Lumi, both aged females, died at 85 and 98 respectively.

Tokitae and Corky are two other examples of aged killer whales that are in captivity. They are both around 52 years old. The earliest pics of Granny were snapped in 1967.

As for the studies regarding her clan, they began in 1971. Granny may be getting on in years, yet she is still as active today as she was in her prime. This shows us that age is indeed just a number.

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