Morgan Dykstra, Period 9 May 16, 2016
Narwhals, put simply, swim. To swim they move their tails up and down, obviously (there are some theories that their horn helps with speed). They are also very social, so the mammals will swim in pods. The pods are for protection, mostly (Turnpike, 85). Although, the males and females will actually swim in separate pods even though the males will fight each other all the time. The females will stay together to keep their babies from getting separted or hurt.
- Nicknamed "The Unicorn of the Sea"
- Females usually don't have horns or, if they do, very short ones.
- Male narwhals actually have two tusks. One is very prominent and the other is so short it is covered underneath the upper lip.
- Although the narwhal is a whale, it does not have a dorsal fin. Why? A dorsal fin increases the loss of heat. That is not good, especially in the arctic waters.
- In medieval times, people used to think that a narwhal's tusk was a magical wand that could detect whether or not their enemies had poisoned their food.
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