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Hollywood is chipping in to help find 'the world's loneliest whale'

The whale uses a frequency no other whale can hear.

SOME OF HOLLYWOOD’S top stars have pitched in as part of a documentary that hopes to find “the world’s loneliest whale”.

The whale is referred to as ’52 Hertz’ because it uses a frequency that no other whale in the ocean can hear.

The calls were first picked up by submarines in 1989 and were a mystery until scientists deduced that they were coming from a single whale.

The whale has never been seen in the wild but its unique calls mean its movements have been tracked for over 20 years.

whale Source: Youtube/AndrewRankin

The documentary is being put together by actor and film-maker Adrien Grenier and film director/producer Joshua Zeman. A kickstarter campaign was launched to raise $300,000 to fund the both the documentary and scientific research.

The fund was $22,000 short of its deadline on Wednesday before Leonardo DiCaprio stumped up $50,000 to ensure the project went ahead.

Over $400,000 had now been pledged.

Source: Andrew Revkin/YouTube


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