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World’s Loneliest Whale singing a lonely song

Photo by dave and rose via Flickr Creative Commons

 No man is an island.  A famous quote which means, man cannot live alone by itself.  It needs other people to grow , to learn and to communicate. But this world’s loneliest whale as they say is left alone in the vast ocean, singing a different tune from her fellow whales.

Whales do suffer loneliness because of over hunting but this baleen whale which was  recorded since 1989 and tracked since 1992, sings at a frequency of 51.75 Hz, whereas others of her kind sing at 15 to 25 Hz.

She’s lonely  because no one else can hear her. Good reports, “According to a 2004 New York Times article on the subject, this particular baleen whale has apparently been tracked by NOAA since 1992, using a ‘classified array of hydrophones employed by the Navy to monitor enemy submarines.’ It sings at 52 Hertz, which is roughly the same frequency as the lowest note on a tuba, and much higher than its fellow whales, whose calls fall in the 15 to 25 Hertz range.”

 It’s a sad truth, either because she’s the only living species of her own but studies could not prove that because it needs further studies and could cost much. It is not just she sings differently but she also fails to travel along any known migration route of any baleen whale species, this only means that no  other whales can actually hear her because she’s going into a different  migration paths.

Researchers guess is that this lonely whale is either a “deformed” hybrid between two species of whale, or the last surviving member of an unknown species.

I know the feeling of being lost in the world and know one could listen to your plea, i do hope this whale finally get the chance to see her own family or just a fellow baleen whale to travel along in this big blue ocean.