At an estimated age of 105 years old, the orca known to researchers as “Granny” is presumed to be dead.
Labelled J2, she was a member of the Puget Sound orcas which are located in Washington State in the U.S., a small and closely monitored group of the species.
Over the last 40 years, J2 has been witnessed “thousands of times” according to the Center for Whale Research, but hasn’t been seen since October.
She’s believed to be the oldest of her species, give or take a 12-year margin of error.
She was last spotted swimming north on Haro Strait, well ahead of J pod — one of the three family groups of whales that travel with their mothers or grandmothers. Read more…