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 otherâ€”way 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. Itâ€™s not even clear what kind of whale he isâ€”a blue whale or a fin, or possibly some other otherwise extinct species.
â€śWe never had a visual,â€ť Daher said. â€śWe donâ€™t know what species it is. We donâ€™t know if it has a malformation. Obviously, itâ€™s healthy. Itâ€™s been alive all these years. Is he alone? I donâ€™t know. People like to imagine this creature just out there swimming by his lonesome, just singing away and nobodyâ€™s listening.â€ť
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 docâ€™s Facebook page is living proof of how the story of the whale hits people.