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J2, also known as Granny, is over 100 years old. There is nothing like hearing the sound of her breathing, passing your boat.
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FiatLupi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Yeah, Granny!
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DancingSpark Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do they know her age?
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grayorca Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a page that can explain more eloquently than I: www.orcawatcher.com/2011/07/j2…

Excerpt: "One interesting thing Ken explained was how they arrived at 1911 as the estimated birth year for Granny... I guess they had photos of both J1 Ruffles and J2 Granny in 1971 and both were already full grown adults. Since orcas reach full size around the age of 20, they made the estimated birth year for J1 Ruffles as 1951 (1971 - 20 years). Due to the way Granny and Ruffles associated with one another, they suspected that she might be Ruffles' mother. Since Granny was never seen with a new calf since the study began, they assumed she was post-reproductive, and that perhaps Ruffles was her last calf. Females generally stop reproducing around the age of 40, so if she had Ruffles when she was 40, her birth year would be about 1911 (1951 - 40 years)."
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DancingSpark Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good link, thank you!
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grayorca Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :aww:
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NarniaOrca Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so good to know she is still going strong!
Granny is such a special orca(:
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Britannia-Orca Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Granny <3 I hope to see her one day, is Ruffles still said to be dead? :(
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Remedy-Kiua Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Ruffles hasn't been seen so yes, he has been officially categorized as deceased. :(
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Britannia-Orca Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
so sad I was hoping he'd pop up :/
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ALoveForOrcas Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Its J2, she is a few months over being 102 years old. It must have been amazing to see her :love:
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GlacialEmpress Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
(I think you mean J2, lol) Beautiful shot! My favorite orca, and the first I learned to identify! Thanks for sharing. :heart:
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Wow! 100 years old? She must be in really good health. Good for her!
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ArinM4A3E8 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Always good to see her. I hope she lives forever.
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LadyDemona Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
wow this is a amazing photo
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Yassi1 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work, looks like an amazing experience!
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Canon EOS REBEL T1i
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