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In 2004, the New York Times published an article about the loneliest whale in the world. Scientists have been tracking him/her since the early ’90’s and they discovered the problem: dubbed as 52 hz, this whale isn’t like any other fin or baleen or blue whales.

Unlike all other whales, this one doesn’t have a family. Doesn’t have friends. Doesn’t seem to even belong to any tribe, gang or pack. Doesn’t have a lover. And it appears he/she have never had one. This whale’s songs come in groups of two to six calls, lasting for five to seven seconds each. But his/her voice is unlike any other baleen whale’s. It is strangely unique—while the rest of its kind communicate between 17-25hz, well below the limits of human hearing and conceptual for traveling across vast distances underwater, this whale sings at 52hz. And that’s exactly the problem. No other whales can hear 52hz. Each of desperate calls to communicate remains unanswered. Each cry ignored. And, with every lonely song, people just assumed the whale becomes sadder and more frustrated, with his notes even going deeper as the years go by.

During the next fall, a team of documentary researchers, filmmakers and scientists will head out into the North Pacific in search of the 52hz, the “loneliest whale in the world.” Joshua Zeman, the documentary team leader states that while his film is set to focus on the human response to the whale, said that he couldn’t make the film without trying to find the mysterious creature. “I don’t think you can do this story properly without a good old-fashioned quest,” he says. “to not have this exploration and this voyage is really doing a disservice to the story, and to the whale.” 💛🐋

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