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Memorable stories wanted for community project

To celebrate Scotland's Year of Stories in 2022, Whale and Dolphin Conservation's Scottish Dolphin Centre...
Long-beaked common dolphin

Industry award recognition for project to prevent whale entanglement in fishing gear

The Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) project, an initiative involving WDC, has been annouced as a...

Ukraine invasion may have triggered dolphin deaths

Following reports a few weeks ago that military dolphins were being used by Russia as...
An orca is fed in captivity

Ban on promoting whale and dolphin captive cruelty missing from Queen’s speech

The Queen's Speech, delivered at Westminster today in the Queen's absence by Prince Charles, was...

Longest-known surviving wild orca dies

2017 has begun with the sad news that Granny (J2), an orca thought to be over 100 years old, has died in the last couple of months.

Granny was a member of the endangered southern resident population of orcas, made up of the J, K and L pods, that live off the Pacific Northwest coast of the USA and Canada. Her loss means the population now has only 78 surviving members, while the J pod which she led, has 24 individuals. One member of the L pod, Lolita (also known as Tokitae), is held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium.

Colleagues at the Center for Whale Research (who have written a moving obituary), last saw Granny on October 12th. They had estimated Granny’s age to be around 76 years old in 1987, meaning that she was around 105 at the time of her death. 

The announcement of Granny’s death comes just weeks after another member of the J pod, an 18-year-old male orca known as Double Stuf (J34), was found dead. It means that in total the population lost seven orcas (around 8%) in 2016.

The future for the the Southern Resident orcas remains a major concern – find out how you can help by supporting our MigrationNation campaign to remove four dams on the Snake River, restoring an important salmon river that provides much-needed food for the Southern Residents.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.