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(EarthSky)   Sing Your Own Song: The loneliest whale in the world, the 52-Hertz whale, sings a song no other whale will answer and travels the oceans alone   (earthsky.org) divider line 85
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vpb [TotalFark]
2014-02-02 02:40:57 PM
52 Hurts sounds like a country song.
 
2014-02-02 03:13:26 PM
How sad.
Somebody needs to Auto-Tune that whale.
 
2014-02-02 03:30:20 PM
Thanks Obama.
 
2014-02-02 03:31:05 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-02 03:31:45 PM
I hope the probe gets here before that one whale dies.

/yes, I know it was humpbacks. Back off!
 
2014-02-02 03:35:22 PM

Walker: [i.imgur.com image 460x260]


You're a new category of bastard.
/funny voted.
 
2014-02-02 03:35:32 PM
Um. Considering the whale has never been found, we don't actually know if it's alone or not...

It'd be cool if it wasn't.
 
2014-02-02 03:36:24 PM
The whale decided to go his own way?
 
2014-02-02 03:37:07 PM
It's probably searching for Truman Capote.
 
2014-02-02 03:37:36 PM
so he tells tall tales and sings his whalish tune
 
2014-02-02 03:38:54 PM

TheSwizz: Walker: [i.imgur.com image 460x260]

You're a new category of bastard.
/funny voted.


Meh. I stole it. Just did a GIS for "Forever alone whale". Had to scroll down cause a few fat women were higher up in the results.
 
2014-02-02 03:38:55 PM
Last call at the local watering hole?
 
2014-02-02 03:39:36 PM
He's be happy at Seaworld, and make lots of new friends...
 
2014-02-02 03:39:40 PM
You've gotta make your own kind of music.
 
2014-02-02 03:40:11 PM
And he was going to sing at Chris Christie's presidential inauguration.
 
2014-02-02 03:40:17 PM
Hertz puts YOU in the driver's seat.
s30.postimg.org
Yes, I'm that old.  Back then it was cycles per second.
 
2014-02-02 03:41:01 PM

Walker: [i.imgur.com image 460x260]


Nice.
 
2014-02-02 03:41:59 PM
img.fark.net

Immediately what I thought of....
 
2014-02-02 03:42:06 PM
Did he look like this?

img.fark.net

/taken shamelessly from the anime comments thread
 
2014-02-02 03:43:03 PM
Regardless, all the other whales will have the song stuck in their head every time he passes by.
 
2014-02-02 03:43:46 PM

Oldiron_79: The whale decided to go his own way?


+1

/we are showing our ages,
 
2014-02-02 03:47:00 PM
poor whale.
 
2014-02-02 03:47:32 PM
I'm afraid he has a whale of a problem.
 
2014-02-02 03:49:38 PM
The open ocean is cold............. blooded,
 
2014-02-02 03:51:10 PM
Forever alone? Whale?

What's her Fark handle?
 
2014-02-02 03:53:40 PM
static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-02-02 03:53:52 PM
52Hz, the saddest of all keys.
 
2014-02-02 03:55:10 PM

Delta1212: You've gotta make your own kind of music.


Beat me to it.

/from one whale to another
 
2014-02-02 03:56:10 PM
if your article is quoting a crypotzoologist, could you put it at the beginning so I know to stop reading ahead of time?
 
2014-02-02 03:56:40 PM
He's had his left blinker on for the last 15 years.
 
2014-02-02 04:02:38 PM
It's a shame that he has no mate. Because he and his offspring would be an instant new species, unable to mate with any others except by rare accidental encounters because of communication problems and also different geographic ranges.

This would be a form of sexual and geographic selection combo. You see it often in birds--a bird that sang a tune unrecognizable to other birds of its species could easily found a new species along side other birds identical in every way except that one trait. The two species would then compete and co-exist the way that downy and hairy woodpeckers, which differ mainly in size, do. If the birds with the new song occurred by chance at the edge of a range  or cut off from the normal birds, they would evolve into a new recognized species that much quicker.

Over the generations the new species would become more and more genetically distinct by the phenomenon of founder effect and the broader phenomenon of genetic drift. Random differences would b magnified, while new advantages and disadvantages would determine whether the new species filled a new niche or got pushed out of existence.

This shows that evolution can often happen abruptly rather than by long geographic isolation or a two-humped advantage curve that encourages extremes rather than mediocrity. The downy and the hairy woodpecker speciated because there are advantages to being large in a cold climate, while there are advantages to being small as well. There are no advantages to being middling, so the two size extremes naturally pull apart with each generation. When species are split by a new geographic barrier such as a sea or a mountain range, they go their separate ways geographical and evolutionary.

Darwin thought evolution was uniformly slow--he had to because current catastrophism was largely religious and not scientific. He also knew nothing of genetics, which hadn't been invented let alone perfected. He never cut and thus never read, the pages of his copy of Gregor Mendel's monograph on heredity. This was unfortunate I am sure, but he was a workaholic and concentrated on learning every detail of various specialties to support his work. I guess he just didn't expect an Austrian monk to have anything to say relevant to the work at hand. Very unfortunate indeed, because if Darwin had had DNA he would have been an unstoppable science-mongering machine.

Gould and Dawkins argued for competing theories which differed on the speed of evolution. Dawkins believed that evolution occurred in spurts, while Gould emphasized greater randomness (more contingency) and a slower evolution with fewer leaps.

Nature abhors a vacuum, says an old maxim. It also abhors an improbable leap, although such things can happen because there are so many, many improbable things, as John Allen Paulos the mathematician pointed out in an email to me once.

Sad little whale with an off-pitch song. They should write songs about him. Perhaps they should investigate why the whale sings so high. If they could find another whale of the opposite sex, they might be able to create a new species outside of a test tube or agar plate.

Wouldn't that be fun? A new species of whale, made by man rather than pure chance. We could name it the Darwin Whale. It would fill a big gap in our science very cheaply and easily.
 
2014-02-02 04:03:55 PM

brantgoose: A new species of whale, made by man rather than pure chance.


Maybe splice in some gorilla genes too, so you have a srt of gorilla-whale. I wonder if the Japanese have a word for that. . .
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-02 04:10:22 PM
Reminds me of the lightweight fantasy series The Belgariad. God or whoever made three immortal creatures, but the two males killed each other in the first mating season and the female was left to wander the world alone screaming her mating call. ("I'm so horny and I haven't gotten any since... ever.")
 
2014-02-02 04:13:07 PM

Boojum2k: brantgoose: A new species of whale, made by man rather than pure chance.

Maybe splice in some gorilla genes too, so you have a srt of gorilla-whale. I wonder if the Japanese have a word for that. . .


They already have porn of that.
 
2014-02-02 04:18:01 PM

ZAZ: Reminds me of the lightweight fantasy series The Belgariad. God or whoever made three immortal creatures, but the two males killed each other in the first mating season and the female was left to wander the world alone screaming her mating call. ("I'm so horny and I haven't gotten any since... ever.")


Dragons, as a matter of fact.
 
2014-02-02 04:24:54 PM

worlddan: Oldiron_79: The whale decided to go his own way?

+1

/we are showing our ages,


So another Onion belt wearer?
 
2014-02-02 04:26:42 PM

Delta1212: You've gotta make your own kind of music.


Sing your own special song, even if nobody else sings along?
 
2014-02-02 04:27:51 PM
In the language of whales, it's like speaking Klingon anywhere on Earth outside a Star Trek convention.

I like how they framed it to be sympathetic with lonely humans.
 
2014-02-02 04:30:25 PM

ilikeracecars: if your article is quoting a crypotzoologist, could you put it at the beginning so I know to stop reading ahead of time?


Yeah. Because cryptids never ever turn out to be real...

Top 10 cryptids that turned out to be real
 
2014-02-02 04:35:52 PM

Wrencher: ilikeracecars: if your article is quoting a crypotzoologist, could you put it at the beginning so I know to stop reading ahead of time?

Yeah. Because cryptids never ever turn out to be real...

Top 10 cryptids that turned out to be real


Not sure which ones were cryptids: linebackers? running backs? defensive ends?
 
2014-02-02 04:40:37 PM
Turns out, this whale is just a dick and is being shunned by the rest of the whale community.
 
2014-02-02 04:43:13 PM

RyansPrivates: Wrencher: ilikeracecars: if your article is quoting a crypotzoologist, could you put it at the beginning so I know to stop reading ahead of time?

Yeah. Because cryptids never ever turn out to be real...

Top 10 cryptids that turned out to be real

Not sure which ones were cryptids: linebackers? running backs? defensive ends?


No real scientist believes in defensive ends. By now they'd have found a corpse or skeleton or some stool. Something.
 
2014-02-02 04:48:02 PM

RyansPrivates: Wrencher: ilikeracecars: if your article is quoting a crypotzoologist, could you put it at the beginning so I know to stop reading ahead of time?

Yeah. Because cryptids never ever turn out to be real...

Top 10 cryptids that turned out to be real

Not sure which ones were cryptids: linebackers? running backs? defensive ends?


Damn copy-paste on the phone. Try, try again.

cryptids...really
 
2014-02-02 04:48:18 PM
Reminds me of a story my father told me. He was a lumberjack, working out in the Swedish woods. And there was this one cuckoo bird in his woods one year, that cuckooed off key.
While the other cuckoo's found mates and laid eggs and made other unfortunate bird parents miserable, this one kept on cuckooing his retarded mating call all summer long.
 
2014-02-02 04:55:45 PM
The whale is probably mumbling to himself....

"Oh sure Mark Twain..."sing like nobody's listening..""
 
2014-02-02 04:57:42 PM

Mambo Bananapatch: RyansPrivates: Wrencher: ilikeracecars: if your article is quoting a crypotzoologist, could you put it at the beginning so I know to stop reading ahead of time?

Yeah. Because cryptids never ever turn out to be real...

Top 10 cryptids that turned out to be real

Not sure which ones were cryptids: linebackers? running backs? defensive ends?

No real scientist believes in defensive ends. By now they'd have found a corpse or skeleton or some stool. Something.


Since we are getting off the original topic and onto other links from that site, I seen several glaring omissions from the 20 covers many people dont know are covers.

Many lawn loiterers dont know that "The Man Who Sold the World" is a David Bowie song and not a Nirvana song.

Elvis was not the first to record "Blue Christmas" Ernest Tubb was first and Johnny Cash also covered it before Elvis

Many People Dont know "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain" wasnt first recorded by Willie Nelson. Hank Sr first recorded it and Elvis covered it before Willie Nelson did.
 
2014-02-02 05:05:00 PM

kim jong-un: Turns out, this whale is just a dick and is being shunned by the rest of the whale community.


+Thousand
 
2014-02-02 05:05:45 PM
Shame it's not 55Hz, as it'd be a Deep C animal...
 
2014-02-02 05:10:04 PM
Must be a sea ent.
 
2014-02-02 05:28:11 PM

gwowen: Shame it's not 55Hz, as it'd be a Deep C animal...


... you beautiful bastard.
 
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