The Narwhal

narwhal

The Narwhal, also known as the unicorn of the ocean, is one of the rarest whales in the world. It is very mysterious in its behaviour. The name comes from a Danish word meaning ‘corpse’ as the whale has been known to swim with its belly facing the surface and lay motionless for up to long time lapses. They are sallow in color with dark, more speckled specks on the backs of their bodies and lighter shade on their belly. It can be up to 13-16ft long, weigh up to 1.8 tons with females being slightly smaller than males and live up to 50 years. This species of whale are frequently found in the Atlantic and Russian waters of the Arctic. Their diet is mainly smaller ocean creatures like squid, fish and shrimp. The whale moves in a very slow I-have-all-the-time-in-the-world manner but swims, in fact, very fast when being pursued by a predator. This whale is endangered because of pollution, global warming and hunting.



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