Close Sidebar
Type & Hit Enter To Search

Granny (J2): Oldest Known Orca in The Entire World

Granny (J2) the 105 year old Southern Resident Killer whale has returned to the Salish Sea for another summer of foraging for Chinook salmon and socializing with her family J pod and the other Southern Resident Orca pods, K and L.

J2 has been observed and studied in our waters since the mid 1970s. There are photographs of Granny from the 1930s and the size and growth of Granny and the other orcas are used in the age estimates. Granny is recognizable from the gray saddle patch just behind her dorsal fin, and a half-moon notch in her fin. She is the matriarch leader of J pod and estimated to be born in 1911. The life span of a female orca is between 60 and 80 years old. Granny has surpassed those expectations greatly! Granny has no living off-spring but is grandmother of Samish (J14) and great grandmother to 3 other J pod whales.

Even at 105 Granny hasn’t lost her playfulness. You will often find her spy hopping and breaching along with the younger members of J pod.

IMG_1374  IMG_9477

IMG_0844 IMG_0476


About Sidney Whale Watching
Sidney Whale Watching Logo
Sidney Whale Watching is a family run company and has been serving Sidney for over 15 years. We love what we do and we're positive that you will have a great experience with us.

Learn More ›

2015 Certificate of Excellence Winner

BC Aboriginal Business Awards
2014 Outstanding Business Achiever
Connect With Us On…

Type & Hit Enter To Search
We believe in giving back to our planet