Weird Signals - 52-hertz whale

From: "Weird Signals" <>
Subject: Weird Signals - 52-hertz whale
Date: December 15th 2014

We seek contact with the 52-hertz whale / do not touch the 52-hertz whale

The 52-hertz whale is an individual of an unidentified whale species, which has been detected regularly in many locations since the 1980s, calling at the very unusual frequency of 52 Hz. This pitch is a much higher frequency than that of the Blue Whale (15-20 Hz) or Fin Whale (20 Hz), whose migration patterns most resemble that of the 52-hertz whale. It appears to be the only individual emitting a call at this frequency and hence, has been described as the world's loneliest whale.

The 52-hertz whale was discovered by a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Its call was first detected in 1989, then again in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, following the end of the Cold War, the U.S. Navy partially declassified the recordings and technical specifications of its SOSUS anti-submarine hydrophone arrays, and made SOSUS available for oceanographic research. As of 2004, the whale had been detected every year since.

The US Navy has partially declassified the 52-hertz whale and now it is ok to email your friends about it

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