This article is about a whale which could not communicate with other whales because it’s frequency was different from that of others.
Dec. 7, 1992: Whidbey Island, Puget Sound. The World Wars were over. The other wars were over Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf. The Whidbey Island Naval Air Station remained.However, the naval air station, on that day in December audio data gathered by a network of hydrophones spread along the ocean floor. These hydrophones had turned the formless it of the ocean and its noises into pages of printed graphs.These hydrophones had been used to monitor Soviet subs until the Cold War ended; after their declassification, the Navy started listening for other noises—other kinds of it—instead.
A strange sound was heard on that day. The acoustic technicians thought they knew what it was, but then they realized they didn’t. An Officer stretched it out on a different spectrogram so she could see it better. It was coming in at 52 hertz. They came to the conclusion that it was a whale.They thought it was impossible for a blue whale because it’s frequency measured 52 hertz. Blue whales usually come in somewhere between 15 and 20.
Whales make calls for a number of reasons such as navigation, finding food, communication, and sexual selection. Blue males sing louder than females. They kept tracking him for years, every migration season, when he made his way from Alaska to Mexico. His path was always the same. The only thing is that there were never any other whales around him. He always alone.
Many people have been obsessed with this story. Twitter accounts have been created in which people tweet for Blue 52 saying how he feels so lonely.
The quote “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.” to me personally means that that tho you can share your creative or opinions and connect the the entire world via media. It is still very possible that no one pays you any attention or your intended audience can never be reached especially since the world wide web is such a huge database. Expecting that you would be ale to connect or reach someone and in the end you fail to do can cause someone to give up or think what’s the point if my voice or my creative expression is not impacting someone.