Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mr. Narwhal, the enchanting Unicorn of the Sea

I didn't know what a narwhal was until the 15th billion time I was watching Elf. You see Mr. Narwhal when Buddy is leaving the North Pole and beginning his adventure to New York City.

Mr. Narwhal is the one who says, "Bye, Buddy. Hope you find your dad."

I was struck by this enchanting unicorn of the sea and didn't know if it was a real creature or make believe, so I googled it!

This is what I found on wikipedia:

The narwhal is a medium-sized toothed whale that lives year-round in the Arctic. One of two species of whale in the Monodontidae family, along with the Beluga whale, the narwhal males are distinguished by a characteristic long, straight, helical tusk extending from their upper left jaw. Found primarily in Canadian Arctic and Greenlandic waters rarely south of 65°N latitude, the narwhal is a uniquely specialized Arctic predator. In the winter, it feeds on benthic prey, mostly flatfish, at depths of up to 1500 m under dense pack ice.[3] Narwhal have been harvested for over a thousand years by Inuit people in Northern Canada and Greenland for meat and ivory and a regulated subsistence hunt continues to this day. While populations appear stable, the narwhal has been deemed particularly vulnerable to climate change due to a narrow geographical range and specialized diet.[4]


image from studiolyon's etsy shop.

Click here to see the scene from Elf (you will be redirected to YouTube)

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