52 Hertz


Inspired by a rare and beautiful song emanating deep from the Pacific ocean.

A research paper published in late 2004 shared the strange (and true) story of a hybrid blue whale known as the Loneliest Whale. The movements and beautiful song of this unique creature were monitored during a 12 year period by a vast network of Cold War era sonar equipment scattered about the floor of the Pacific ocean. However, its unique song made it easy for humans to track yet impossible for other whales to hear - and so, the Whale has wandered the open waters, year after year, alone. 

Listen to the Song of 52

This is the real-time version of the Lonely Whale's unique song.


Please note: 52 Hertz is near the lowest note on a tuba, meaning the song is very low and bass-heavy. You'll need a powerful set of speakers (subwoofers as especially helpful) or a high end pair of headphones.

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Imagine roaming the world’s largest ocean year after year alone, calling out with the regularity of a metronome, and hearing no response.
— New York Times, Andrew Revkin
The Whale and the Sea

Photo of the Pacific by Erica Hampton