Ten fun facts about Narwhals


Fact 1
The narwhal whale is unique among whale species and has a long ivory tusk that extends from the upper left side of its jaw. The tusks measure 7 to 10 feet in length.

Fact 2
The average weight of a narwhal is 3,500 lbs and can reach a ton. They grow from 13 to 20 feet in length. Narwhals use their forehead to ‘feel’ sound waves and hear each other as they bounce through water.

Fact 3
Their squeals or whistles can make humans deaf.


Fact 4
They travel in pods of 4 – 20 whales. They are often separated by sex.

Fact 5
Narwhals use their tusks as formidable jousting weapons when they are courting and also when they wish to display dominance among rivals. The female tusk is shorter than the male tusk.

Fact 6
They live to be up to 50 years old.

Fact 7
Their diet consists of flatfish, shrimp, cods, Gonatus squid and various types of benthic prey.

Fact 8
Narwhals swim belly up and lay motionless for several minutes and this has earned them the name, “corpse whale.” They can dive to depths of about 5,000 feet when looking for food.

Fact 9
They migrate from coastal water towards the offshore to prevent being trapped by ice in winter.

Fact 10
The average gestation period for females is 14 to 15 months. They mate during spring and male narwhals reach maturity between 8 to 10 years of age.


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Are medium sized whales belonging to the Monodontidae family and found in the Arctic regions all year round.



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