The Loneliest Whale in the World

In 2004, The New York Times wrote an article about the loneliest whale in the world. Scientists have been tracking her since 1992 and they discovered the problem:

She isn’t like any other baleen whale. Unlike all other whales, she doesn’t have friends. She doesn’t have a family. She doesn’t belong to any tribe, pack or gang. She doesn’t have a lover. She never had one. Her songs come in groups of two to six calls, lasting for five to six seconds each. But her voice is unlike any other baleen whale. It is unique—while the rest of her kind communicate between 12 and 25hz, she sings at 52hz. You see, that’s precisely the problem. No other whales can hear her. Every one of her desperate calls to communicate remains unanswered. Each cry ignored. And, with every lonely song, she becomes sadder and more frustrated, her notes going deeper in despair as the years go by.

Just imagine that massive mammal, floating alone and singing—too big to connect with any of the beings it passes, feeling paradoxically small in the vast stretches of empty, open ocean.



  1. And now...I cry for the lonely whale.

  2. And not realizing that if she just changed her tone of voice she could be heard!

  3. I feel so sad for this lonely girl. I hope that she does find another unique whale that sings on her wavelength. It is a pity that with all our supposedly superior intelligence, we cannot solve this problem.

  4. There has to be a way for science to place a 'voicebox' type thing on her so it changes her voice to be heard by others? How can this not have already happened? I can see Sea World claiming her now in the name of "saving her." I'm certain the only reason they haven't is because Baleen Whale's aren't as aesthetically pleasing to the crowds with money.

  5. The Glass Harmonica of the ocean. A sound so high and constant it makes ppl go crazy after listening for too long. Poor thing. She could be named Yma Sumac, perhaps? A similar problem.

  6. She's a queen
    Who can not be heard
    For her beauty
    And radiance
    Is so sublime
    No other can
    Reason with her
    For she is one of a kind
    Whom God has blessed
    To rule the lonely waters
    Rather than follow
    All the others๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’ฎ