Tuesday, 22 May 2012
I read a story a few days ago, about the loneliest whale on the planet. His name is the 52 Hertz Whale. And his story just breaks my heart.
You see, most whales sing at between 15 and 25 hertz, but in 1989 the US Navy picked up a whale song frequency of 52 hertz. This lone whale, that no one has ever actually seen, is singing away, calling out for friends, at a frequency too high for any other whale to even hear, let alone respond.
It could be that he's a hybrid whale, or a relic of a nearly extent species we've not yet discovered, or a mermaid, or maybe just a whale with a speech impediment. It's a mystery.
So, as he has no companions, he's lost out there in the great, wide and deep ocean, following his own migration route, all alone.
You can hear his call, compared to other whales, by clicking >here<. Isn't it heartbreaking?
Man, I just can't stop thinking about this whale, out there somewhere, right now.