The 52 hertz whale

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 other?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. ?

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. It?s not even clear what kind of whale he is?a blue whale or a fin, or possibly some other otherwise extinct species.

?We never had a visual,? Daher said. ?We don?t know what species it is. We don?t know if it has a malformation. Obviously, it?s healthy. It?s been alive all these years. Is he alone? I don?t know. People like to imagine this creature just out there swimming by his lonesome, just singing away and nobody?s listening.?

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 doc?s Facebook page is living proof of how the story of the whale hits people.

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