Narwhal

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The narwhal (Monodon monoceros), or narwhale, is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth.wikipedia
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Beluga whale

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It is one of two living species of whale in the family Monodontidae, along with the beluga whale.
It is one of two members of the family Monodontidae, along with the narwhal, and the only member of the genus Delphinapterus.

Monodontidae

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It is one of two living species of whale in the family Monodontidae, along with the beluga whale.
The cetacean family Monodontidae comprises two unusual whale species, the narwhal, in which the male has a long tusk, and the pure white beluga whale.

10th edition of Systema Naturae

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The narwhal was one of many species described by Carl Linnaeus in his publication Systema Naturae in 1758.

Toothed whale

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The narwhal (Monodon monoceros), or narwhale, is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth.
At the other extreme are the narwhals with their single long tusks and the almost toothless beaked whales with tusk-like teeth only in males.

Arctic

Arctic regionThe Arcticcircumpolar
It lives year-round in the Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia.
Marine mammals include seals, walrus, and several species of cetacean—baleen whales and also narwhals, killer whales, and belugas.

Whale

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It is one of two living species of whale in the family Monodontidae, along with the beluga whale.
Monodontids consist of two species: the beluga and the narwhal.

Ivory

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Narwhals have been harvested for hundreds of years by Inuit people in northern Canada and Greenland for meat and ivory, and a regulated subsistence hunt continues.
Elephant ivory is the most important source, but ivory from mammoth, walrus, hippopotamus, sperm whale, killer whale, narwhal and warthog are used as well.

Tusk

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The narwhal (Monodon monoceros), or narwhale, is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth.
Tusks are generally curved, though the narwhal's sole tusk is straight and has a helical structure.

Greenland

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It lives year-round in the Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. Individuals are commonly recorded in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, such as in the northern part of Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait, Baffin Bay; off the east coast of Greenland; and in a strip running east from the northern end of Greenland round to eastern Russia (170° East).
Whale species include the beluga whale, blue whale, Greenland whale, fin whale, humpback whale, minke whale, narwhal, pilot whale, sperm whale.

Delphinoidea

delphinoidoceanic dolphinsDelphinoidea indet.
The white whales, dolphins (Delphinidae) and porpoises (Phocoenidae) together comprise the superfamily Delphinoidea, which are of likely monophyletic origin.

Arctogadus

Arctic codArctogadus glacialisArctic cod.
During the summer, narwhals eat mostly Arctic cod and Greenland halibut, with other fish such as polar cod making up the remainder of their diet. Their prey is predominantly composed of Greenland halibut, polar and Arctic cod, cuttlefish, shrimp and armhook squid.
They grow to about 30 cm long, and are favorite food of narwhals and other arctic whales.

Pond Inlet

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The individuals were from the Pond Inlet and had their stomach contents tested from June 1978 until September 1979.
Barren-ground caribou, ringed seal, narwhals and polar bears are just some of the wildlife that can be encountered while travelling out on the land.

Baffin Bay

Baffin Sea
Individuals are commonly recorded in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, such as in the northern part of Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait, Baffin Bay; off the east coast of Greenland; and in a strip running east from the northern end of Greenland round to eastern Russia (170° East).
Other abundant animals of the region include walrus, narwhal, harp seal, bearded seal, ringed seal, bowhead whale, rorquals and polar bear.

Muktuk

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Humans hunt narwhals, often selling commercially the skin, carved veterbrae, teeth and tusk, while eating the meat, or feeding it to dogs.
Muktuk is most often made from the skin and blubber of the bowhead whale, although the beluga and the narwhal are also used.

Gonatidae

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Their prey is predominantly composed of Greenland halibut, polar and Arctic cod, cuttlefish, shrimp and armhook squid.
Cetaceans are important predators of gonatids; Baird's beaked whale, the narwhal, the short-finned pilot whale, Dall's porpoise, and sperm whales are all known to feed upon them.

Unicorn

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Some medieval Europeans believed narwhal tusks to be the horns from the legendary unicorn.
In medieval and Renaissance times, the tusk of the narwhal was sometimes sold as unicorn horn.

Polar bear

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Major predators are polar bears, which attack at breathing holes mainly for young narwhals, Greenland sharks, and walruses.
Polar bears have also been seen to prey on beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) and narwhals (Monodon monoceros), by swiping at them at breathing holes.

Boreogadus saida

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During the summer, narwhals eat mostly Arctic cod and Greenland halibut, with other fish such as polar cod making up the remainder of their diet. Their prey is predominantly composed of Greenland halibut, polar and Arctic cod, cuttlefish, shrimp and armhook squid.
It is in turn the primary food source for narwhals, belugas, ringed seals, and seabirds.

Dun Cow

Dun Cow Lane
A narwhal tusk exhibited at Warwick Castle is according to legend the rib of the mythical Dun Cow.
A large narwhal tusk is still exhibited at Warwick Castle as one of the ribs of the Dun Cow.

Franz Josef Land

Franz Joseph LandFranz Josef ArchipelagoFridtjof Nansen Land
Land in this strip includes Svalbard, Franz Joseph Land, and Severnaya Zemlya.
Minke whales, humpback whale, and beluga whales are commonly seen around the island, and less commonly orcas and narwhales, with the archipelago being located on the northern edge of their summer range.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the SeaVingt mille lieues sous les mers20000 Leagues Under the Sea
The narwhal was one of two possible explanations of the giant sea phenomenon written by Jules Verne in his 1870 novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
During the year 1866, ships of various nationalities sight a mysterious sea monster, which, it's later suggested, could be a giant narwhal.

Cabinet of curiosities

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The tusks were staples of the cabinet of curiosities.
However he was also responsible for identifying the narwhal's tusk as coming from a whale rather than a unicorn, as most owners of these believed.

Disko Bay

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Entrapment can affect as many as 600 individuals, most occurring in narwhal wintering areas such as Disko Bay.
The bay is home during spring time to bowhead (Balaena mysticetus) and humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) whales, as well as Pilot (Globicephala melas), killer whales (Orcinus orca) and narwhal (Monodon monoceros).

Walrus

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Major predators are polar bears, which attack at breathing holes mainly for young narwhals, Greenland sharks, and walruses.
Walruses may occasionally prey on ice-entrapped narwhals and scavenge on whale carcasses but there is little evidence to prove this.

Qaanaaq

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In some places in Greenland, such as Qaanaaq, traditional hunting methods are used, and whales are harpooned from handmade kayaks.
Nothing from the hunt goes to waste: the skins are used for clothing and covering the kayaks; the flesh and offal are eaten by humans and domestic animals; the narwhal and walrus tusks are carved into finely-worked figures, jewellery and hunting implements, and even feathers can be used in handicrafts.