Cinematographer Alan Jacobsen on The Loneliest Whale and Working with Anthony Bourdain

Daniel Eagan

July 16, 2021

Whales communicate through distinctive calls that can travel hundreds of miles underwater. In 1989, the US Navy detected unique calls on a 52-hertz frequency. As best as scientists could determine, the calls were never answered. Monitors began referring to the “52 Hertz Whale” as perhaps the last of its species.

Whales communicate through distinctive calls that can travel hundreds of miles underwater. In 1989, the US Navy detected unique calls on a 52-hertz frequency. As best as scientists could determine, the calls were never answered. Monitors began referring to the “52 Hertz Whale” as perhaps the last of its species.