Adrien Grenier’s Quest To Find 52 Hertz, The ‘Loneliest Whale In The World’
“Entourage” actor Adrien Grenier and filmmaker Josh Zeman plan to set out like Ahab this fall to find their Moby Dick: a lonely whale named 52 Hertz.
52 Hertz is acknowledged by many to be the loneliest whale in the world. He travels solo, Discovery reports, and because his song occurs at a frequency that doesn’t appear to be shared by any other whales, he receives no response to his calls.
Scientists first heard the whale’s song in the northern Pacific in 1992. At first, they weren’t entirely sure what it was, because he sang at a frequency of 52 Hz, which is higher than other baleen whales. Their frequencies in the area typically range from 10 to 39 Hz.
52 Hertz, they decided, was an anomaly.
Nobody has ever seen 52 — scientists have only heard his soliloquies while monitoring underwater sounds — but it’s believed he is a rare hybrid of a blue and fin whale, singing a mating song only he can understand.
Grenier and Zeman are currently raising money on Kickstarter to film a team of scientists’ expedition in search of the whale. The fundraising for the project, currently called “52: The Search For The Loneliest Whale In The World,” ends on Wednesday, March 11. With 68 hours to go at mid-day Monday, they’ve received nearly $229,000 toward the project’s $300,000 goal.
“When I heard the story of a whale that calls out at a frequency that no other whale can understand and that has presumably called out for years and never received a response, it immediately struck me,” Zeman told The Huffington Post. “It was probably because I was going through a breakup at the time, but I immediately connected with —> Read More