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Killer whale 'Granny' is older than Titanic

By T.K. Randall
August 6, 2016 · Comment icon 19 comments

Scientists believe that Granny was born in 1911. Image Credit: Leigh Calvez
A 105-year-old killer whale is still going strong after being sighted off the coast of Washington State.
Born one year before the sinking of the Titanic, this positively ancient seaborne mammal has been regarded as something of a celebrity ever since she was first identified back in 1971.

Her extreme old age is particularly surprising as orcas were only thought to live for 60-80 years.

"Granny has been swimming pretty much non-stop for over 100 years," said whale watching expert Simon Pidcock. "The Southern Residents (community of killer whales) on average travel about 72 miles in a 24-hour period day in, day out."

"This means in Granny's lifetime she has swam around the world the equivalent of 100 times."

Seemingly still in good health, the aged whale could go on to live for many more years to come.



Source: Telegraph | Comments (19)




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Comment icon #10 Posted by TopToffee 8 years ago
Heart warming to see that she has roughly lived so long.Gives you some hope for the future of our planet.!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Hawkin 8 years ago
That's one tough whale to live that long. Imagine how many calves she had over her life.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Dr.Brian 8 years ago
Actually, Granny's dorsal fin looks just fine. I was able to see her twice in 2014 and she was identified by naturalist Jeanne Hyde as well as by the captain of the catamaran we were on. Check out this link and scroll down to see Granny breaching last year: http://thewildlife.wbur.org/2016/02/03/the-mystery-of-the-killer-whale-baby-boom/
Comment icon #13 Posted by Dr.Brian 8 years ago
Atuke, her age is estimated based on the age of her offspring when she was first identified. She was actually captured in 1976 to be put into a marine park yet released due to her age. https://www.thedodo.com/whale-fingerprints-how-we-know-557089098.html
Comment icon #14 Posted by coolguy 8 years ago
Thats really cool
Comment icon #15 Posted by Dewlanna 8 years ago
I love killer whales ♥ Granny is just plain awesome, and SeaWorld can take their life expectancy of "30-50 years" and shove it where the sun don't shine...
Comment icon #16 Posted by MJNYC 8 years ago
I pray that she doesn't go near Japan or the Faroe Islands.  God bless Granny!
Comment icon #17 Posted by MJNYC 8 years ago
And, I'll second that on Sea World!  After what we know now, I don't understand how anyone could spend one cent going to that horror show
Comment icon #18 Posted by MJNYC 8 years ago
Lucky her, she'd be dead now.
Comment icon #19 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Yes it is.  And unlike the Titanic, she's still going just like a Timex.


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