Natural History on the Big Screen – The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52
This Zoom webinar discussion of the film "The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52," aired March 18, 2022. Watch a recording in the player above.
The National Museum of Natural History and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital collaborated to offer this program, which featured an online screening of "The Loneliest Whale" and the Q&A discussion in the video above. Participating in the discussion were the filmmaker Joshua Zeman, marine scientist John Hildebrand (Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UCSD) — who co-led the film’s expedition — and Sara Heimlich (NOAA, PMEL Acoustics Program, featured in the film).
Moderator: Emily Frost, editor-in-chief of the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal website
This program was part of the 2022 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.
About the Film
"The Loneliest Whale" is a cinematic quest to find the "52 Hertz Whale," which scientists believe has spent its entire life in solitude calling out at a frequency that is different from any other whale. As the film embarks on this engrossing journey, audiences explore what this whale’s lonely plight can teach us — not just about our changing relationship to the oceans, but to each other. Executive Produced with Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrian Grenier and directed by Joshua Zeman.