Animal of the day – 2/16/2011 – The Narwhal

Narwhal

The animal of the day is the Narwhal. (Did you know: That awesome horn is actually a one long tooth that comes out of it’s upper lip! (it’s actually an incisor!) Typically the males alone have this characteristic horn, though females have been known to grow smaller straight ones as well.

In Inuit legend, the narwhal’s tusk was created when a woman with a harpoon rope tied around her waist was dragged into the ocean after the harpoon had struck a large narwhal. She was transformed into a narwhal herself, and her hair, which she was wearing in a twisted knot, became the characteristic spiral narwhal tusk.

Oh. You owe it to yourself to watch this informative video on Narwhals. Did you know they are inventors of the shish-kebab?

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