The Loneliest Whale in the World

The Loneliest Whale in the World

For 24 years, researchers have been tracking the migration of a whale which has a unique sonic signature - so unique that it appears to have never found a mate. It calls at a frequency of 52 hertz, a much higher frequency than the vocalizations of most whales. Therefore, it has been described as the world's loneliest whale.


1989年科学家发现了一只须鲸。这只须鲸由于发声频率不同于其他须鲸。自从它被发现以来,就始终孤单,没有同伴理会。


一组美国海洋生物学家从1992年开始对它进行追踪并且录音。


这些海洋生物学家是因为分析美国海军跟踪敌方潜艇的纪录而发现这条孤独鲸鱼的。他们发现这条鲸鱼自从1992年就在太平洋北部的海域里来回徘徊,而最令人惊奇的是它发声的频率大约在52赫兹左右,明显不同于其它鲸鱼。目前为止,人类所发现的鲸鱼种类发声频率大约都在15到20赫兹之间。此外,海洋生物学家表示虽然能够辨别这个声音来自于鲸须的振动,但它的声音频率却与海洋里其他鲸鱼的发声频率完全不同。


这么多年下来,它没有一个亲属或朋友。唱歌的时候没有人听见,难过的时候也没有人理睬。


有网友联想到酸楚的感情:「如果有一天它也遇见了一只频率不正常的鲸鱼,那么,这就是世界上最唯美的爱情。所谓相爱,就是在人群中,你们的频率相合,只有你们彼此能够听到彼此的话,能够走进彼此的心里。」还有人建议这只鲸鱼应该去动手术,调整它发出的频率。



1989年科學家發現了一隻鬚鯨。這隻鬚鯨由於發聲頻率不同於其他鬚鯨。自從它被發現以來,就始終孤單,沒有同伴理會。


一組美國海洋生物學家從1992年開始對它進行追蹤並且錄音。


這些海洋生物學家是因為分析美國海軍跟蹤敵方潛艇的紀錄而發現這條孤獨鯨魚的。他們發現這條鯨魚自從1992年就在太平洋北部的海域裡來回徘徊,而最令人驚奇的是它發聲的頻率大約在52赫茲左右,明顯不同於其它鯨魚。目前為止,人類所發現的鯨魚種類發聲頻率大約都在15到20赫茲之間。此外,海洋生物學家表示雖然能夠辨別這個聲音來自於鯨鬚的振動,但它的聲音頻率卻與海洋裡其他鯨魚的發聲頻率完全不同。


這麼多年下來,它沒有一個親屬或朋友。唱歌的時候沒有人聽見,難過的時候也沒有人理睬。


有網友聯想到酸楚的感情:「如果有一天它也遇見了一隻頻率不正常的鯨魚,那麼,這就是世界上最唯美的愛情。所謂相愛,就是在人群中,你們的頻率相合,只有你們彼此能夠聽到彼此的話,能夠走進彼此的心裡。」還有人建議這隻鯨魚應該去動手術,調整它發出的頻率。


English translation:

In 1989, scientists discovered a baleen whale with a voice frequency like no other. Since discovered, it has been alone and been ignored by its peers.

A panel of marine biologists from the US initiated to track it and record its voice since 1992.

These marine biologists discovered this lonely whale when they analyzed the US Navy’s record of tracking enemy submarines. They found it roaming back and forth in the northern Pacific Ocean since 1992. The most surprising thing is it sounds at a frequency of about 52 Hz, which is significantly different from others. So far, whales’ voice frequencies that humans have discovered are within 15 to 20 Hz. Furthermore, they claimed the voice could be identified as the vibration of the whale’s baleen, but its frequency was totally different from the ones of various whales in the ocean.

Over the years, it has had no friends and relatives. No one heard its singing, and no one noticed its sadness.

A netizen associated it with a sour and bitter relationship and said that “If one day the whale can meet another one which has an abnormal frequency as well, then that can be the most romantic love in the world. This so-called love is when your frequencies match in the crowd. Only you can hear mutual words and walk into each other’s hearts." Furthermore, someone suggested the whale should have surgery to adjust the frequency it is creating.


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