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Narwhal Whale Facts

General Knowledge | 6-13 yrs | Animation, Video

11 Fascinating Facts About Narwhals

  1. The Narwhal whale is unique among whale species and has a long ivory tusk that extends from the upper left side of its jaw. The tusks measure 7 to 10 feet in length.
  2. Narwhals swim belly up and lay motionless for several minutes and this has earned them the name, “corpse whale.”
  3. Narwhals use their foreheads to feel sound waves and hear each other as they bounce through water.
  4. Their squeals or whistles can make humans deaf.
  5. They travel in pods of 4 – 20 whales. They are often separated by gender.
  6. Narwhals use their tusks as terrifying weapons when they are courting and also when they wish to display dominance among rivals. The female tusk is shorter than the male tusk.
  7. They live to be up to 50 years old.
  8. They can dive to depths of about 5,000 feet when looking for food.
  9. They migrate from coastal water towards the offshore to prevent being trapped by ice in winter.
  10. Inuit people hunt the narwhal for their long tusks and their skin, an important source of vitamin C in the traditional Arctic diet.
  11. The average weight of a narwhal is one ton.

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