a melancholy thursday…

in 2004, the new york times wrote an article about the loneliest whale in the world.  scientists tracking her since 1992, have finally discovered the problem:  she isn’t like any other baleen whale, she doesn’t belong to any tribe, pack or gang.  she doesn’t have a mate and has never had one.  the problem, the scientists have ascertained, is in her songs.  her voice is unlike any other baleen whale.  it is unique in the fact that her species communicate in songs between 12 – 25hz, and this whale sings at 52hz.  thus no other whales can hear nor reply to this lonely creature’s calls to communicate.  with every song, she becomes sadder and more frustrated, her notes going deeper in despair as the years go by.  i can just imagine this massive mammal wandering the ocean – a solitary giant and its sad song…

4 responses to “a melancholy thursday…

  1. Sad face:( That poor sweet whale. But a fascinating read none the less x

  2. This is so very sad because there can be no happy ending for her.

  3. Aaaaah nooooo!!! This is the saddest thing I’ve ever read!!! Thank you for sharing, though… fantastically strange story.

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