That hasn't prevented others from doing so.
"I get all sorts of emails, some of them very touching -- genuinely," she says. "It just breaks your heart to read some of them -- asking why I can't go out there and help this animal," she says. "We as humans, we are very soft-hearted, caring creatures. It's mostly females who write to me -- not always; I also get males -- but there are a lot of females who identify, feeling they're not part of a pack. I'm no psychologist but boy, what a fascinating case study."
It's the human response to the image of a lonely whale, at least as much as the scientific validity of that image, that particularly intrigues documentary maker Joshua Zeman.
"To many scientists out there, the story is kind of annoying," he concedes. "It over-anthropomorphizes the whale. "Yet ... whales are incredibly social creatures, so how could it not be lonely?"
He first heard the story while writing a screenplay at an artists' colony, and was immediately struck by his own emotional response to it. Sometime later, after he had returned home, "one of the other colonists wrote to me to say, ‘I've written a play about the 52 Hz whale,' and I thought, ‘Wow, that's interesting that it affected you so much too,' and I looked online and saw that there were a lot of people who extrapolated the story of this whale, and created art as a result."