The World’s Loneliest Whale


If you thought you’ve been starved of social interaction over the past year, spare a thought for ’52’—the world’s loneliest big guy.

New documentary The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 follows a dedicated team’s search for a whale that has spent its entire existence calling out to other whales in a completely unrecognisable frequency, resulting in a life of complete solitude. Commonly referred to as the 52 Hertz Whale (truly a missed opportunity to name it the 52 Hurtz Whale), the strange phenomenon was first recorded by scientists back in the late 1980s.

The premise of the documentary is to track down the world’s most mysterious whale; a mission that’s obviously resonated with fellow loners and whale lovers (in addition to executive producers Adrian Grenier and Leo DiCaprio) across the globe, as a decent chunk of the film got its funding from a Kickstart campaign. According to Wikipedia, the ‘track of the 52-hertz whale is unrelated to the presence or movement of other whale species’ and its ‘call patterns resemble neither blue nor fin whales, being much higher in frequency, shorter, and more frequent’.

So, does the team of filmmakers and scientists manage to finally track down the world’s most emo whale in this new documentary? Would blasting ‘Marvin’s Room’ to the ocean floor help 52 feel a little less alone? Guess you’re going to have to watch the thing to find out. Watch the trailer for The Loneliest Whale above, and catch the film when it drops July 9th.

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