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Narwhal
Narwhal
Information
Range Arctic
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Monodontidae
Genus Monodon
Species Monodon monoceros
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) is a medium-sized toothed whale that lives year-round in the Arctic. In medival times, it was thought that Narwal horns had magical powers. The signature long horn of the narwhal inspired unicorns.

Appearance[]

Narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, actually an elongated upper left canine.

Behavior[]

Diet[]

Additional items found in stomachs have included wolffish, capelin, skate eggs and sometimes rocks, accidentally ingested when whales feed near the bottom.

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