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Narwhals are helping NASA understand melting ice and rising seas.
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One on-ship conservation expert praised the company for steering clear of an area known to be home to narwhals, out of respect for local First Nations communities.
According to the court documents, Logan was purchasing narwhal tusks from native Inuits in northern Canada.
Her new tattoo joins plenty of others: a fierce tiger, a narwhal and a spaceship, to name just a few.
At first, mammoth, walrus and narwhal ivory got mixed together without distinction.
An exhibition exploring the mysterious narwhal in depth will open at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History on August 3, 2017.
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Did You Know?
The narwhal is a [toothed whale](/dictionary/toothed whale) found throughout arctic waters. Its Latin binomial, Monodon monoceros, is derived from the Greek words for "single-toothed" and "single-horned." Its English name (also sometimes spelled narwhale) comes from the Norwegian and Danish narvhal and the Swedish narval, words which are probably a modification of the Icelandic nárhvalur, which comes from the Old Norse nāhvalr. In Old Norse hvalr means "whale" and is akin to the Old English hwæl, the ancestor of the Modern English whale. The first element of nāhvalr is believed to be nār, the Old Norse word for "corpse," from the resemblance of the animal's color to that of a human corpse.
Origin and Etymology of narwhal
First Known Use: 1646See Words from the same year
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