Saturday, 28 July 2012

Nar-who?

So the Loch Ness monster is said to be a feared creature with terrible teeth and a long neck and just in general be pretty odd looking. Could this mythical creature be in fact based upon the swimming unicorn which is the Narwhal?

I call the Narwhal a swimming unicorn because it has a horn similar to that of a unicorn, projecting from the top of its head. However this "horn" is in fact a longer upper left canine, which hunters harvest for ivory.

Narwhals are found mainly in the Russian and Atlantic quarters of the Arctic ocean, where there is an estimated population of 75,000, thus making this species having a near threatened status. Male Narwhals show male prowess and dominance with their horns  via the action called tusking.

So the next time when you think about undersea creatures, think about the Narwhal and its quirky little tusk!

Explorer fact: Narwhals wait until their prey are close and then suck them into their mouth.

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