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« on: August 07, 2016, 08:06:06 pm »

Killer whale 'Granny' is older than Titanic
Posted on Saturday, 6 August, 2016



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.

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Killer whale named 'Granny', who at 105-years-old is older than the Titanic, spotted in Pacific




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    Barney Henderson, New York

5 August 2016 • 10:46pm

A killer whale that was born a year before the Titanic sank and is thought to be the oldest in the world has been spotted off the coast of Washington state in the Pacific Ocean.

At 105-years-old, the orca, who is nicknamed 'Granny' but known as J2 by scientists, was spotted near San Juan Island’s False Bay earlier this week.

"We watched the J11s (J27, J31, and J39) traveling with J2 and adopted son, L87. They sure seemed to be in high spirits ... And then there was that humpback that popped up surprisingly in the distance breaching over and over and over,” said Heather MacIntyre, a photographer.
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'Granny' has astounded scientists because orcas usually live to between 60 and 80 years old.

She was first spotted in 1971, when scientists estimated she was 60 years old, and has mainly been sighted in the waters off the north-west USA and Canada.

Her age is an estimate, however, and scientists have said there is a 12-year margin of error on the estimate.

She is known by distinctive markings near her dorsal fin and a half-moon-shaped notch.

Simon Pidcock, from Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching said: "Granny has been swimming pretty much non-stop for over 100 years.
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'Granny' has astounded scientists because orcas usually live to between 60 and 80 years old.

She was first spotted in 1971, when scientists estimated she was 60 years old, and has mainly been sighted in the waters off the north-west USA and Canada.

Her age is an estimate, however, and scientists have said there is a 12-year margin of error on the estimate.

She is known by distinctive markings near her dorsal fin and a half-moon-shaped notch.

Simon Pidcock, from Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching said: "Granny has been swimming pretty much non-stop for over 100 years.
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'Granny' has astounded scientists because orcas usually live to between 60 and 80 years old.

She was first spotted in 1971, when scientists estimated she was 60 years old, and has mainly been sighted in the waters off the north-west USA and Canada.

Her age is an estimate, however, and scientists have said there is a 12-year margin of error on the estimate.

She is known by distinctive markings near her dorsal fin and a half-moon-shaped notch.

Simon Pidcock, from Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching said: "Granny has been swimming pretty much non-stop for over 100 years.
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"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 a 100 times."

It has been a busy period for 'Granny'. In June, she was made the honourary mayor of the city of Eastound, which is in Washington state.

The Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/05/killer-whale-named-granny-who-is-older-than-the-titanic-spotted/
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