It sounds like the premise of a children’s story in which a lost whale finds whale friends to play with after a journey of self-discovery. But in this case it is a literal, real-life whale. And apparently he/she (scientists aren’t sure) sings a whale song that is so unusual and so particular that it seems to have alienated the poor creature from any fellowship.

The story of the world’s loneliest whale gets much more interesting, and it’s song has become the subject of insightful study by scientists trying to understand how cetaceans communicate. But to me, the very existence of this creature is what is remarkable––there’s a whale swimming around, singing a song that no other whales seem to want to hear at a frequency that is unusual, but still audible. In the words of one scientist, “Blue whales, fin whales and humpback whales: all these whales can hear this guy, they’re not deaf. He’s just odd.”

I’ve never felt more drawn to a whale in my life.

Dr. Georgia is the D.R.E. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, OH.

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