10 Facts About Narwhals!

Did you know that Narwhal Day is on April 10th?

Learn more about the unicorns of the ocean!

Ten Fun & Interesting Facts About Narwhals!

Today is Narwhal Day so naturally the focus is on the real life unicorns of the oceans and we have researched and combined 10 fun and interesting facts all about Narwhals:

  1. Narwhals change color as they age! From the blue/grey youngsters, to the mottled grey adults, by the time they reach old age they are almost completely white.

  2. Narwhals live in the Arctic waters around Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia. 

  3. Not all narwhals have tusks! The tusk is actually one of the two teeth that narwhals have and it is only seen with male narwhals and roughly 15% of females. The females tooth is usually a lot smaller than the males, which can grow up to 9 ft!

  4. Narwhals live on average between 30 and 40 years. Typically the females will live longer than males.

  5. The closest relative to the narwhal are beluga whales. They are both members of the toothed whale family and spend their lives in the Arctic Ocean. There has even been evidence in the past of the two species mating!

  6. It has long been debated what the narwhals use their tusks for, and there is still no definitive answer. A study from 2014 found that these tusks are filled with sensitive nerve endings that allow the narwhal to sense changes in the environment around them. 

  7. Their main food source is Greenland halibut, shrimp, squid and Arctic/ polar cod. They are suction feeders and actually swallow their prey whole.

  8. Narwhals can hold their breath underwater for up to 25 minutes.

  9. There are no narwhals kept in captivity. Attempts were made back in the late 60s & 70s to contain these creatures but unfortunately they resulted in the animals dying after several months. 

  10. When they are migrating they can swim up to 160 km a day!

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