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For the last 12 years, a single, solitary whale whose migratory patterns and vocalizations match no known living species has been tracked across the Northeast Pacific.

Its vocalizations have also subtly deepened over the years, indicating that the creature is maturing and aging. And, during the entire 12-year span that it has been tracked, it has been calling out for contact from others of its own kind...

It has never received an answer.

Read more here, here and here.

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From: rudezombie Date: December 5th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
Clearly we need to send Kirk & the gang back in time in a Bird of Prey to find another one from before they went extinct.
_shaomao_ From: _shaomao_ Date: December 5th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
That was exactly what I first though when I read it!!!!

But it really is sad and depressing :(
From: rudezombie Date: December 5th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
Seriously though, that is pretty depressing.
From: jdack Date: December 5th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
I find this far more depressing than I probably should :/
serai1 From: serai1 Date: December 6th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC) (Permalink)
Now imagine how many times this has happened. And how many times it's going to happen.
glenmarshall From: glenmarshall Date: December 5th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
Somehow I'm reminded of Douglas Adams's So Long, And Thanks For All the Fish. A straggler, perhaps?

Edited at 2008-12-05 08:42 pm (UTC)
jblaque From: jblaque Date: December 5th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: December 5th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
Jesus Christ VB, that's really depressing.
jblaque From: jblaque Date: December 5th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
Imagine being totally alone, searching - year after year - for something you will never find.
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: December 5th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
Dude....look who you're replying to. I am that fucking whale.
jblaque From: jblaque Date: December 5th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
No, you're not.

You're not alone.
greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: December 5th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
You're right. It just really feels like it when it all boils down to it. It's lonely in my diseased head.
deliverer From: deliverer Date: December 6th, 2008 08:45 am (UTC) (Permalink)
It never feels like that and it never will for you.

Even in my own crazed mind, I could not match that kind of loneliness.

I don't even have the ambition or hope that that poor creature clings to in its search.

BTW, it's only lonely if you tell the voices to be quiet instead of enjoying that lovely acappella they do when they get tired of arguing. :)
sheramil From: sheramil Date: December 5th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
for all we know it's been saying "GREETINGS I AM OOBLOOOB FORMER PARTNER OF THE EMPEROR OF THE NORTHEAST WHO WAS CAUGHT BY JAPANESE WHALERS THIS YEAR LEAVING ME TEN MILLION TONS OF KRILL IN HIS WILL..."
jblaque From: jblaque Date: December 5th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
Somehow I don't think that's what the creature is saying.
jamie_miller From: jamie_miller Date: December 5th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC) (Permalink)
This is one of the saddest things I have read in several days. I wept.
jblaque From: jblaque Date: December 6th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Permalink)
Yeah, definitely not the way I wanted to end my week. Fuckin' tragic.
freefloat From: freefloat Date: December 6th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC) (Permalink)
I hate to be so shallow but

...may I gank your icon? I love it...
jamie_miller From: jamie_miller Date: December 6th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC) (Permalink)
Yeah. I ganked it from elsewhere, so go ahead.
freefloat From: freefloat Date: December 6th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC) (Permalink)
OMG, that breaks my heart.


Alone...... the last one of his kind.......getting older and doubtless more and more hopeless.... I'm just glad he hasn't given up and beached himself.....
freefloat From: freefloat Date: December 6th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC) (Permalink)
Might I add, that as a Freediver, I kind of identify with cetacea and other underwater mammals(dolphins in particular, big surprise).

Edited at 2008-12-06 02:03 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC) (Permalink)
I bet its a hybrid between two mysticetes . It happens now and then...
wobblerlorri From: wobblerlorri Date: December 6th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC) (Permalink)
This is what I was thinking. As a hybrid, it would probably have a strange call in a range between the parents. This isn't unknown in the animal world -- in fact hybridization between songbirds results in offspring whose song is a mix of the two parents' songs, and which doesn't call a mate at all. To add to the mix, the hybrid song varies between individuals, so they don't even call each other.

So this whale is probably wandering around looking for another hybrid that will respond to a 52 hz song, and will likely never find one. Not such a big loss, since it probably won't be fertile anyway. Hybrids rarely are.
jblaque From: jblaque Date: December 6th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC) (Permalink)
Even if you're right, it's still a horrible, tragic fate.

P.S. The unprecedented migratory pattern leads me to believe this is not some sort of hybrid. Even hybrids follow the general, natural instincts of their parents.

Edited at 2008-12-06 03:59 am (UTC)
azimerthemad From: azimerthemad Date: December 6th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC) (Permalink)
Kinda reminds me of Ray Bradbury's "The FOghorn." Sad. I'm gonna share this with my kids in class on Monday.
ygrii_blop From: ygrii_blop Date: December 6th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC) (Permalink)
I was so totally gonna post that! Yeah, it reminded me of that, too. One of the saddest stories I've ever read.
00goddess From: 00goddess Date: December 6th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC) (Permalink)
I would guess hybrid too; I have read that baleen whales can hybridize. In particular, I read that humpback/blue whale hybrids have been encountered, but I don't know if they were alive or dead at the time.

Within whale species, different groups of whales have different migratory patterns and different unique calls. We are still learning about whale populations and the way they live; it is possible that this guy is a hybrid who came from an unusual population.

I feel so sad for the poor thing.
wobblerlorri From: wobblerlorri Date: December 7th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC) (Permalink)
Unless the migratory pattern in whales isn't learned, but a genetic thing. That would make the migratory pattern of a hybrid a hybridized pattern in and of itself, and of course would not be likely to converge with any other purebred pattern....
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