A-Z of Endangered Species - Narwhal

This week I am taking a look at my first marine mammal, The Narwhal is one of those creatures most people have heard of but dont know much about, they seem to be such mythical creatures, like a cross between a whale and a unicorn. The tusk is actually one of the whales teeth and it can grow up to 3 metres in length, it is usually the males who grow the tusks and it has been known for some whales to grow 2 of them. 

Narwhals live in the arctic waters around Canada and Greenland and they can dive up to an incredible mile and a half deep for their food. The whales depend on sea ice for their existence and this will be dramatically affected by climate change. There are several other threats to the Narwhal including include increased development of oil and gas facilities, this means more shipping vessels, creating more opportunities for collisions and also underwater noise pollution, many marine animals rely of sound for survival and noise pollution can be a problem. 

The WWF has an active role in monitoring the populations of Narwhals, with help from Satellite tagging they can monitor the positions and routes of the whales to gain a better understanding of their migration routes. My main focus of this project is to bring awareness to the many species under threat and one way you can help is to share this post and any of the others from my A-Z series.

If you would like to make a donation towards the WWF-UK then I have set up a Just giving donations page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies . 100% of the monies raised on the Just Giving page will go directly to the WWF-UK


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