Wow !!! Amazing Facts About The Narwhal
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The Narwhal is an Arctic species and it is one of two species of white whale, the other is a Beluga Whale. The narwhal males are distinguished by a characteristic long, straight, tusk extending from their upper left jaw. The Narwhals “tusk” is actually an overgrown tooth that grows out of a hole in the Narwhals upper lip.
A female narwhal has a shorter, and straighter tusk. No one knows why the Narwhal has this tusk; it has not been shown to have any purpose. Found primarily in Canadian Arctic and Greenlandic waters. Their tusks have been thought to be used as determining social rank, maintaining dominance hierarchies, or helping young males develop skills necessary for performance in adult sexual roles.
Narwhals have rarely been observed using their tusk for fighting, other aggressive behavior or for breaking sea ice in their Arctic habitat
Adult Narwhals are brown or dark gray above with whitish underside. The body has mottled pattern of spots. The head is small with blunt snout. The flippers are short and rounded and there is no dorsal fin. Narwhals have two teeth in the upper jaw.
The right tooth usually remains small and the left one grows into a long tusk that can grow to 3m long and weigh over 10kg. Sometimes two tusks are grown. The tusk is straight with anti-clockwise spiral pattern.
Often associated with the horn of the unicorn, the narwhal tooth has found its way into the books of scientific rarities and mythical tales, and has inspired legend and lore. So prized was the fabled tooth of the unicorn that in the 16th century Queen Elizabeth paid 10,000 pounds — equivalent to the cost of an entire castle — for one. The tooth is revered by many cultures around the world. In Japan two crossed narwhal teeth adorn the entrance to the Korninkaku Palace, and in Denmark multiple teeth comprise the frame. The royal scepter in England is made from the rare tusk.