By Todd McLeish
Among all of the huge whales in the world, the main strange and least studied is the narwhal, the northernmost whale on the earth and the only such a lot threatened by way of international warming. Narwhals thrive within the fjords and inlets of northern Canada and Greenland. those elusive whales, whose lengthy tusks have been the stuff of medieval eu myths and Inuit legends, are uniquely tailored to the Arctic environment and may be able to dive less than thick sheets of ice to depths of as much as 1,500 meters looking for their prey-halibut, cod, and squid.
Join Todd McLeish as he travels excessive above the Arctic circle to meet:
Teams of clinical researchers learning the narwhal's lifestyles cycle and the mysteries of its tusk
Inuit storytellers and hunters
Animals that proportion the narwhals' habitat: walruses, polar bears, bowhead and beluga whales, ivory gulls, and types of seals
McLeish consults logbooks stored through whalers and explorers and interviews folklorists and historians to tease out the connection among the true narwhal and the legendary unicorn. In Colorado, he visits climatologists learning adjustments within the seasonal cycles of the Arctic ice. From a historical past of the exchange in narwhal tusks to descriptions of narwhals' vocalizations as heard via hydrophones, Narwhals unearths the wonder and thrill of the narwhal and its habitat, and the risk it faces from a swiftly altering world.
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