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Photographers Catch The Stunning Beauty Of The World’s Oldest Orca

Orcas, also known as 'killer whales,' usually live to be about 30 years old in captivity. In the wild, they can live to be twice that. One orca has outdone them all.

The Orca, named 'Granny,' is 105 years old. She lives with her family that researchers have labeled the 'J pod' in the North Pacific.

Heather MacIntyre, a photographer for the Orca Network, recently happened upon Granny and two of her adopted sons frolicking in waters off Washington state. Photos show the lively looking Granny leaping and splashing around merrily.

Though Granny might not live much longer - she is believed to be the oldest orca in the world right now - she sure is enjoying her freedom. The old girl is in really great shape.

It's beautiful to see Granny because the orca population has been struggling for nearly 50 years. In the 70s, humans threatened orcas by capturing calves to raise in captivity for aquarium shows. That practice was outlawed, but humans overfishing Salmon have resulted in a food shortage for these magnificent creatures.

Experts believe Granny's experience in fishing/hunting are what has kept her pod in particular well-fed. When she goes that could really impact the rest of the pod. An initiative has taken off to replenish the salmon populations, which will also help save the orcas.

Source: Little Things
Photo: Facebook/Orca Network

Look at Granny go!

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