Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Killer Whale J2 is 103 Years Old!

The world's oldest orca killer whale is estimated to be 103 years old according to Michael Harris, Director of Pacific Whale Watch Association as quoted in the The Province.
Oldest Orca Known Spotted off the Coast of Canada
The orca, J2, also known as Granny is healthy, as her pod traveled over 800 miles in a little over a week.

J2 has been identified  by a white marking on her back and a notch located on her fin, and her age estimated based on her offspring's ages.  She has been identified in photos from the 1930's.

The life span is significant, since it has never been mirrored in captivity. Many are boycotting SeaWorld for its profiteering of orcas and other marine animals.