via mike ambs :
Imagine roaming the world’s largest ocean year after year alone, calling out with the regularity of a metronome, and hearing no response.
I came across an article on Good earlier today about the loneliest Whale in the World - the headline caught my eye being that I am partial to Blue Whales - citing a 2004 New York Times story, this particular whale has been closely monitored by the NOAA since 1992:
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. […] To make matters worse, the high-pitched whale “does not follow the known migration route of any extant baleen whale species.
Most amazing is the NOAA has shared an audio file of this truly unique song - the recording signal was sped up by 10x, I’m not sure of the reason for the increase, but I wanted to hear the whale’s song slowed back down. Bringing the original .wav file into FCP and adjusting the playback speed produced the most beautiful dream-like noise; there’s a strange trembling / vibration effect from the NOAA speeding up the signal and then my slowing it back down, but something about it makes me feel calm.
This rare hybrid has been traveling alone almost all its life - I hope one day it stumbles across another Blue Whale, even if just for a moment.
The start of something…