The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 is a cinematic quest to find the elusive creature known as the “52 Hertz Whale,” because the animal’s call broadcasts at 52 hertz, a frequency believed unique among whales — which was first recorded in 1989 by the U.S. Navy that suspected they were hearing a Russian submarine.
Identified as a whale by the marine scientist Dr. William A. Watkins, who tracked the solitary signal for a dozen years until his death in 2004, 52 has since remained. unfollowed as a suspended Twitter account. Was he even still alive?
In this fascinating story about isolation and interconnection, the filmmaker and a team of intrepid scientists set out on a wild quest to find the 52 Hertz Whale. The Loneliest Whale is a nature mystery, an unanswered question that needs to be solved and a chronicle of director Joshua Zeman’s seemingly impossible journey to find his white whale. With a little data and a whole lot of hope, Zeman sets sail for the Channel Islands off California with a team of oceanographers and biologists in tow, using Navy sonar equipment, drone cameras and tracking tags to try and find Whale 52.
Scientists believe this whale has spent its entire life in solitude. As the film embarks on this engrossing journey, audiences will explore what this whale’s lonely plight can teach us — not just about our changing relationship to the oceans, but to each other.
“Zeman’s voyage into the heart of the sea, a modern-day Moby Dick with a conservationist bent, surprises, delights and will keep you on the edge of your seat, because the search for anything mysterious and elusive will always deliver the unexpected.” ~ Los Angeles Times
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