Cetaceans are a diverse and unique group of animals! Sometimes it’s hard to believe some of these marine mammal species really exist! The narwhal is the perfect example. These elusive “sea unicorns” are extremely vulnerable to climate change. Help the ACS protect cetaceans by becoming a member today .
.🦄🐳 This gorgeous shot of a male narwhal is a repost by the talented @paulnicklen: Meet the mysterious, elusive, shy, rarely seen, intelligent and vulnerable narwhal. A male narwhal rises from the icy seas of Lancaster sound. The most noticeable characteristic of the narwhal is the long tusk, which is a canine tooth that projects from the left side of the upper jaw, through the lip, and forms a left-handed helix spiral. Narwhals actually do not have any teeth inside of their mouths. A tusk grows throughout life, reaching a length of 5 to 10 feet. The one thing you need to remember about narwhals is that they primarily feed on polar cod and the polar cod life cycle is tied to sea ice. Without ice there will be catastrophic effects on all species. Some scientists say that the narwhal is just as vulnerable as the polar bear to climate change. #bethechange #nature #naturelovers #arctic #climatechangeisreal #science #climatechange