Killer whale older than Titanic and named 'Granny' spotted in Pacific

Female Orcas usually live 50 years. File Photo. © Robert Pittman - NOAA
Female Orcas usually live 50 years. File Photo. © Robert Pittman - NOAA

A killer whale born a year before the Titanic sank has been spotted off the coast of Washington state in the Pacific Ocean.

The whale, believed to be the oldest living orca, is said to be around 105 years old.

Researchers who first spotted her in 1971 recorded her age at 60. The margin of error is 12 years, meaning she could be a youthful 90.

The Orca Network report that "J2 Granny (oldest southern resident orca) looking gorgeous. She and J27 spent more time out of the water than in it!" The link includes multiple photos of her leaping from the water.

If her age is correct, Granny was born in 1911, one year before the Titanic was launched. She has made it through two World Wars swimming in the Pacific when Pearl Harbour was attacked.

Female orcas typically live about 50 years but a rare few have been been known to reach 100.

 

 

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