This whale is old enough to have watched the Titanic sink!

This whale is old enough to have watched the Titanic sink!

We all know that we should all respect our elders. They are wise in their years and full of experiences and stories that ours pale in comparison to.

Now imagine your elder is older than the Titanic itself. Granny is, but she probably won't be telling too many stories since she's an orca!

Granny, also known as J2 due to the pod of fellow whales she travels with, is a 103-year-old orca, or as we usually love calling them, killer whale.

She is the oldest known orca in existence. It's actually an amazing feat since the average lifespan of an orca is 60 to 80 years.

She was captured back in 1967, but was too old even by that point to be sent to a marine mammal park, and was released. She is used as an argument against keeping marine mammals in captivity due to their reduced lifespan, which is 20 to 30 years.

Even after all these years, Granny's biggest threat isn't her age, it's the declining population of West Coast salmon.

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