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Oldest living orca ‘Granny’ visits NW over Mother’s Day weekend

Killer whale ‘Granny,’ the 103-year-old matriarch of the Southern Resident killer whale community, last week led J-Pod up from California into the Strait of Georgia just in time for Mother’s Day in the Northwest. And at 103 this year, Granny (officially known as J2) is thought to be the oldest living orca whale.

Taima, who was bred with Tilikum at the young age of 8. At age 9 she gave birth to Sumar. Six months later she was pregnant with Tekoa. Daughter Malia was born in 2007. Taima went into labor with her 4th calf on June 6, 2010. She and the baby both died.

A 77-year-old US man has taken a drastic approach to finding a kidney for his wife, taking to the streets wearing a sandwich board sign pleading for a stranger to donate. Larry Swilling's wife Jimmy Sue was born with only one kidney which started developing problems after she had her first child and is now failing. The South Carolina resident i...

New female calf, and mother, Matia. San Juan Islands, WA. Baby Orcas usually weigh around 500 pounds at birth and are approximately 5 feet long. They stay with their mother and extended family their entire life. Photo by James Maya


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