52 Blue

In the article “The Legend of the Loneliest Whale in the World,” by Leslie Jamison, It was discovered that an unusual sound was coming from the depths of the ocean at 52 Hertz. When Petty Officer 2nd Class Velma Ronquille and Joe George discovered that this sound was coming from a whale, they didn’t think this was possible. The frequency was described as “off the charts”, mainly because blue whales usually produce a sound in the 15-20 hertz range. This whale was producing a sound with a higher frequency than usual for that type of whale, which hindered communication to other whales, hence it is the ‘loneliest whale in the world.’ This whale was later named 52 Blue, 52 for the frequency it communicated in, and blue because it was believed to be a blue whale.

Most people are drawn to this story, mainly because it is dubbed a ‘sob story’. Imagine an animal is out in the Pacific Ocean, which is huge by the way, and is not able to communicate with other whales. This sparked responses from many people, Kate Stafford stated, “He’s saying, ‘Hey, I’m out here’,” however there were no responses to its calls. Musicians also named projects after the lonely whale, a filmmaker by the name of Josh Zeman hoped to make a documentary titled 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World, however the article stated that, “his funding fell through two weeks after it was announced.”

The author of this article wrote, “One of the themes of Zeman’s film is modern loneliness, that people are particularly responsive to the story of 52 in the digital era—when the Internet promises connectivity, but can actually deliver us even deeper into isolation.” Essentially, this refers to how we are more disconnected now more than ever. People nowadays are lacking the emotional connection of actually being around someone, rather than messaging that individual on the Internet; this explains how people are more detached in today’s society. I agree with the author, mainly because this is true. Being around people, rather than through a screen, helps in being more emotionally connected with our peers, because you can see their emotions rather than sending a text.

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