The Loneliest Whale in the World. In 2004, The New York Times wrote an article about the loneliest whale in the world. Scientists have been tracking her since 1992 and they discovered the problem: She isn’t like any other baleen whale. Unlike all other whales, she doesn’t have friends. She doesn’t have a family. She doesn’t belong to any tribe, pack or gang. She doesn’t have a lover. She has never had one.(viaTumbleOn)
Loneliest Whale Soon To Be Less Lonely
The New York Times article is here and provides this link to audio of the whale’s call. Discovery News reports the U.S. Navy first became aware of 52 Hertz, as the whale has been dubbed, in the late 1980s. The Navy recorded his song while listening for submarines through hydrophone arrays in the North Pacific.
According to whale researcher Bruce Mate, cited in the Discovery News article, there’s a fair chance 52 Hertz will be found in the company of fin whales at the conclusion of the documentary being made about the human response to his plight. But, without actually going out and sighting this whale, there’s no way to be sure. There are many possibilities. 52 Hertz may suffer from deafness, or represent the last of an unknown whale species, or be an unusual hybrid of blue and fin whales.
Joshua Zeman’s documentary — 52 (aka Finding 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World) — is largely driven by the way the story has gripped the media and “inspired people around the world to compose songs, poems, and books about the friendless whale” (‘The World’s Loneliest Whale’ Finally Has an Entourage: Adrian Grenier to Produce New Doc). The film is scheduled for release in 2015. Whether this whale is alone or not, 52 Hertz should have some human company soon.