In 2004 an article in the New York Times featured the loneliest whale in the world. Unlike other whales, this female doesn't have any friends, family, or a partner - she never has.
In the immense solitude of the ocean, she is completely alone.
Her songs come in groups of two to six calls, lasting for five to six seconds each. But her voice is unlike any other baleen whale. It is unique – while the rest of her kind communicate between 12 and 25Hz, she sings at 51.75Hz and this is precisely the problem. No other whales can hear her.
Every one of her desperate calls to communicate remains unanswered. Each cry ignored. And with every lonely song, she becomes sadder and more frustrated, her notes going deeper in despair as the years go by.
(Excerpt from The Story of the Lonely Whale Will Break Your Heart by Jesus Diaz)
Silly me for feeling sorry for myself because I have to work over the long weekend...