Adrian Grenier may be best known for his acting work on “Entourage,” but he is no stranger to green efforts. In 2008, he produced and hosted Discovery Planet Green’s “Alter Eco,” a lifestyle series focused on helping viewers make their homes more environmentally friendly with a few simple changes. Grenier, working with Worldview Entertainment, is putting on his producer hat again for a 2015 feature-length documentary, “52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World.”
The story of this solitary soul is a sad one: somewhere in the Pacific Ocean swims a lone whale who calls out at 52 Hz, a frequency that other whales can’t recognize (blue whales and fin whales produce sounds at much lower frequencies). Whales are social animals who travel in “pods” and call out to communicate with others, but it seems this lonely whale has lived alone his whole life, trying and failing to find a connection with his kind. It’s humbling to think that such a small change like voice frequency could have such a devastating impact on a creature’s life.
Worldview will begin filming the documentary this fall, with a seven-week-long expedition into the Pacific Ocean to search for the unanswered whale — if that’s really what this creature is. Do you really believe there’s a single whale trying to reach out to others using a frequency no one else can hear? It makes a heck of a metaphor.
Sometimes we can feel alienated, on a different wavelength from everyone else around us and unable to connect. In that way, many of us can relate to the story of this lonely whale. But maybe there’s another explanation for what’s going on…could this really be several whales of a previously undiscovered species, all calling out at 52 Hz? Is it just a prankster with a fancy piece of radio equipment? Or is it truly a lonely whale after all? We’ll just have to wait and see what Grenier’s documentary uncovers!
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