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The 52-hertz Whale

Range: The 52-hertz whale lives in the Pacific Ocean off the western coast of Canada, and sings in a manner not unlike other baleen whales.

Physical Description: Has never been seen. May be similar in appearance to a blue whale.

Characteristics: Whereas most blue whales sing at 15-25 hertz (a few tones lower than the bottom note on a piano), the 52-hertz whale sings his songs at about hertz as the lowest G# or A on a piano. No other whales respond to this song, because they don’t recognize the notes or the way of singing as belonging to one of their own.

The recurring song of the 52-hertz whale has been tracked since 1992, and shows that he follows tracing a migration pattern that doesn’t match any of the known migration patterns of other whales in that territory.

Some scientists think this whale might be a mutation of a blue whale, or a hybrid of a blue whale and another species. But since this particular whale doesn’t sing like, or follow the migration pattern of, any other known species of whale, we believe he may be an Imaginary.

Co-endangered species: North Pacific right whale.

Recent sightings: The song of this whale continues to be traced by the US Navy. If you should ever hear the 52-hertz whale yourself, consider singing back to him in as low a voice as you can. He may not be able to hear you, but he may be able to feel you.


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