Estimated to be around 105 years old, J2 Granny is thought to be the oldest known living orca.
The Orca Network posted photos of Granny to its Whale Sighting Report on July 27. She was spotted near San Juan Island's False Bay.
The Orca Network tells KIRO 7 News that Granny is said to be around 105 years old, but there is a 12-year margin around her age meaning she could be as young as 90.
The average lifespan of a wild orca is between 60 and 80 years.
The Southern Residents -- despite being listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act -- have some extraordinary longevity stories, including the female K7, or Lummi, who died in 2008 at the age of 98, according to the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA).
Another Southern Resident female, L25, or Ocean Sun, is thought to be 85 years old.
PWWA director Michael Harris told the SeattlePi blog that researchers use an extrapolation scheme to estimate ages of orcas.
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