The Last Whale

It’s not that Star Trek movie you saw years ago. It’s real. A certain type of whale appears to be the last of its kind.

“For the last 12 years, a single solitary whale whose vocalizations match no known living species has been tracked across the Northeast Pacific. Its wanderings match no known migratory patterns of any living whale species. Its vocalizations have also subtly deepened over the years, indicating that the whale is maturing and ageing. 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 received no answer. Nor will it ever.”

For more information, including where you can hear it and what the tones are, go to The Loneliest Mystery of the Deep (Science).