World’s oldest Killer Whale dies

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The world’s oldest known killer whale, known as Granny, has died.

She was last spotted on 12 October in the Haro Strait – but scientists have now lost hope that they will ever see her again.

Estimated to be 106 years old, researchers have studied her since 1971 when they estimated she was 60 years old and gave her the official name of J2.

She was the focal point of a recent BBC documentary that followed biologists’ study of her clan of orcas, an effort to unravel an evolutionary mystery.

Experts have been studying whales in the North Pacific Ocean, called the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) since the early 1970s. Granny is said to be the matriarch of the group.

Her presence stunned scientists because killer whales, or orcas, typically live to between the age of 60 and 80 in the wild.

6 Responses

  1. That is So sad why why I hope that there will be more killer whales and they would reach cool and amazing ages I hope that the oldest killer whale got lots of hearts broken.
    Hope this is a lie!!!

  2. look on the bright side she probaly had a great life but that means another whale has now became the oldest :}

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