Mattak, the blubber attached to the skin, is a delicacy. Regulation and quotas in Canada and Greenland are managed regionally.
The narwhal Monodon monoceros is a smallish meters long member of the cetacean family chiefly found in Arctic waters. There was once a fairly lively market in narwhal tusks, because they matched the popular image of the horn of a unicorn. Many old "unicorn horns" can be seen in European museums, including a remarkable poison-neutralizing unicorn cup in the Vienna Kunsthistoriches Museum.
But the reason why the narwhal has its tusk was not really known. One theory early on was that the narwhal used its tusk as a weapon.
Indeed, male narwhals have been observed rubbing their tusks together, which was interpreted as a kind of cetacean "fencing. The tusk may be a sensory organ. Apparently narwhal tusks are filled with sensory nerves, up to 10 million or so, and can provide the whale with information about water temperature, pressure, and salinity.
These may help the narwhals navigate in polar water and find prey. It would be interesting to see if swordfish bills have a similar sensory purpose.
Posted by Cambias on December 16, Permalink.The Narwhal, Monodon monoceros, is a social, specialized deep-water marine mammal characterized by a unique tooth growth protruding from the upper jaw. Narwhals lives along the coasts and rivers throughout the Arctic,characterized by icy ocean temperatures.
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The Narwhal: The Fascinating Unicorn Whale of the Arctic Ocean. Updated on November 25, Linda Crampton The scientific name of the narwhal is Monodon monoceros, which in Greek means “one tooth, one horn”.
Weird Animals: The Narwhal The whale has the highest percentage of slow-twitch muscles of any marine mammal . The Cost of Sound – Narwhals, along with many other marine mammal species, communicate and navigate using sound.
Unfortunately, the more ships and aquatic equipment there are in the ocean, the more sound there is as well. 24 Interesting Facts About the Narwhal, a.k.a.
Unicorn of the Sea. Species: M. monoceros. Distribution Natural predators of this marine mammal include polar bears, killer whales, Greenland sharks, and walruses.
Conservation Status. The narwhal (Monodon Monoceros) is one of Canada’s Arctic Marine Mammals. Marine Mammal Transportation License and Veterinary Certificates. If the Narwhal tusks are only transported within Canada then only the Marine Mammal Transportation License is required.
Please note. The narwhal, Monodon monoceros, is a medium-sized toothed whale that lives year-round in the Arctic. One of two living 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.