The Loneliest Whale in the World


 

Since 1992, researchers have been tracking a baleen whale that has attracted a lot of attention from scientists – but none from other whales.

While baleen whales always travel in pods, this whale has never been seen in one. Like other whales, her songs come in groups of 2-6 calls, lasting from five to six seconds each. However, her voice is completely different. While other whales of her kind sing between 12 and 25hz, this whale sings at 52hz, meaning that even though she sings well, it is well beyond the hearing range of her fellow whales. Her attempts to communicate go unheard. With each year, as she gets more depressed, her notes just get deeper and deeper, completely eliminating any chance for her to be joined with friends.

It is unknown why her voice is so deep.

 

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