Tributes are flowing for the world’s oldest known killer whale, known as Granny, who was presumed dead by scientists as 2017 ticked over.
Thought to have been born in 1911 – a year before the Titanic sank – Granny has not been seen with her pod since October.
Known as a devoted grandmother by researchers, this absence has led them to believe she has since passed away.
She is pictured here with her son, Ruffles, in 2010.
Granny, who was known to biologists as J2, was the star of a BBC documentary about whales and menopause, teaching scientists a thing or two about the power of supportive familes in ensuring survival.
Killer whales are among only three species of mammals which experience menopause, with the others being short-finned pilot whales and humans.
Hailing from the North Pacific Ocean close to Canada, Granny was a popular personality of the water.
“She leaps clear out of the ocean to delighted gasps from everyone on my boat,” BBC journalist Victoria Gill wrote in August.
But sadly, this may have been among one of the old girl’s last appearances.
As news broke of her death, fans of the sea-dwelling centenarian took to Twitter to say their goodbyes.