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World of Darkness: 52 Hertz Whale or Oppinatokua?

whaleGreeting Nerdarchy readers,

For those of you who do not know, I am a gamer who loves the World of Darkness series of games. This is not my only passion, though, as I adore zoology and especially marine life. If I had to pick my favorite of our floating friends, I would say Cetaceans, or whales, to be my absolute favorite. Another passion of mine is mysteries of the natural world. Low and behold, there is something that combines all of this.

See, in our oceans we have an unknown whale that has been calling out for over two decades now that no one can identify. Known for it’s unusually high-pitched sonic signature, the call whales use to find mates and their pods, the 52 Hertz whale is one of a kind. First detected in 1989 by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and further identified by declassified naval recordings by the SOSUS anti-submarine hydrophone arrays, this whale was immediately a mystery to one and all. See, a blue whale’s signature will fall between 10-39 Hertz, and fin whales are usually around 20 Hertz. The fact this whale was detected at 52 Hertz, double if not more than the range of others, makes it a mystery. How is it making this noise? Why is it the only one?

The fact that the call has deepened as of 1992 to 49 Hertz means the whale is not only able to survive on its own but is thriving into maturity. Each year, between August and December (that means right now!) the whale has been detected off the coast of California to the Aleutian to Kodiak Islands until January to February. With an average speed of 30 to 70 KM a day, it gets around quite a bit. Could it be searching for another like it? Could it be lost? Continue reading World of Darkness: 52 Hertz Whale or Oppinatokua?