A lonely whale who has been swimming in solitude for decades but never caught on film could soon get the attention he deserves - at least on the big screen.
The rare hybrid whale known as 52 Hertz emits calls at a frequency no other whale can understand, and he's captured the imagination of people around the world, including actor Adrian Grenier.
Grenier, who is executive producing a documentary about 52, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund not only the movie, but a 20-day scientific expedition off the California coast to locate 52 and film him for the first time. Donors have so far contributed more than $72,000 toward the $300,000 goal.
The Dodo recently spoke with Grenier and documentary director Josh Zeman about the project.
"I first heard about 52 when a (documentary) producing partner called to ask me if I wanted to participate," Grenier said. "After she told me the first couple of lines about a whale that was swimming out there, alone without ever receiving a response to his calls, I was immediately drawn to the story. I thought it seemed like a perfect opportunity to get involved in a film that's not only compelling as a story, but also had very deep and important themes."