This could is the whale song of what is possibly the world’s loneliest whale:
Since the 1980s, scientists have heard a single whale in the Pacific, singing at a higher frequency than any otherâway up at 52 hertz, rather than down below human hearing at 15-20 hertz where blue and fin whales normally sing. In spite of listening in for two decades, no one has ever heard a lady whale reply. Â
They are trying to locate and film this lonely whale.
The whale has never been seen, so it is unknown if he actually is traveling alone or in a pod. Itâs not even clear what kind of whale he isâa blue whale or a fin, or possibly some other otherwise extinct species.
âWe never had a visual,â Daher said. âWe donât know what species it is. We donât know if it has a malformation. Obviously, itâs healthy. Itâs been alive all these years. Is he alone? I donât know. People like to imagine this creature just out there swimming by his lonesome, just singing away and nobodyâs listening.â
Joshua Zeman, a documentary filmmaker, was one of those struck by the story of the 52 hertz whale. Now he’s helming the documentary, which will include a trip to the North Pacific to find the whale. The docâs Facebook page is living proof of how the story of the whale hits people.