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|Scientific name:||Monodon monoceros|
|Conservation Status:||Near Threatened|
|Lifespan:||up to 50 years|
Narwhals are affectionately known as the “Unicorns of the Sea”. Narwhals live the Arctic waters of Greenland, Russia and Canada. They winter up to 5 months a year under the sea ice. Cracks in the ice allow them to breathe. Along with the Beluga Whale, Narwhals make up the other half of the Monodontidae family.
Narwhals are characterised by the long, spiral tusk which is caused by an elongated canine tooth. This tusk has sensory capabilities, contains up to 10,000 nerve endings and can also grow up to 10 feet long!
Check out this short but fascinating video from National Geographic below:
Narwhals can be found in Northern Canada, Greenland and Russia. These whales keep to Arctic and Sub-Arctic waters and around sea ice.
Narwhals are considered Near Threatened by the IUCN Red List. Read more about whale threats.