I like to consider myself relatively smart. I do well in pub trivia, I plan ahead for emergencies and I don’t take unnecessary risks.
But I might have to revoke all claims of intelligence now that I found out sea unicorns are real.
Narwhals, commonly known as sea unicorns, are pale-coloured whales with giant horn-like tusks extending from their heads.
They’re about the size of a bus and for me, up until now, presumed to be a long-standing internet joke.
If you, like me, are understandably shocked these creatures exist, I’m about to blow your mind with some narwhal facts.
1 .Narwhals are HUGE.
Narwhals can grow to the size of a bus. It has been documented they can weigh as much as 1.6 tonnes and grow as long as 5.5 metres.
2. A narwhal’s tusk is actually an enlarged tooth.
The spiral-like rod that protrudes through a narwhal’s upper lip is a tooth that can grow up to three metres long.
It is also considered a “sensory organ” due to all the nerve endings it possesses.
Narwhals are born with two teeth but it’s usually only the left one that explodes into a mighty sea sword.
There remains great mystery within the scientific community about the exact purpose of their tusks.
3. All males have a tusk but only a few females do.
All males have a tusk. Boring. This is not a fun animal fact.
What is fun is knowing that very few females grow a tusk too. I want to find all of these badass tusk-growing females and give them a high five for defying gender norms.