Narwhals lock into a graceful spinning dance with their 9-foot long ivory tusks. As a photographer, this moment for me was about behaviour and symmetry. I am always trying to find that cross-section of art, science, and conservation. The picture has to be appealing to the eye, the viewer has to learn something about these amazing creatures and most importantly, conservation is at the core of all that I do. How many of you know that narwhals are even more vulnerable and susceptible to climate change than polar bears? We stand to lose so much if we don’t work together, at all levels, to save them. Tip #4 in making this the most successful year yet for our oceans and marine life: Register and exercise your right to vote. Do your research and make an informed decision. Vote for candidates who truly care about the environment and are willing to work towards a sustainable planet. #19for2019#TurningTheTide with @sealegacy#narwhal#Arctic#vote#oceanconservation ...
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A trio of Narwhals having a casual swim in the arctic waters!
The iconic ‘horn’ that characterises the species is in fact a single, massive, canine tooth and can be as much as a third of the narwhal’s body length.
They are also almost exclusively found on he males. Only about 15% of female narwhals exhibit tusk growth, and even then it is typically smaller and less developed than their male counterparts. ...
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"Photo by @BrianSkerry ⠀
A trio of Narwhals, cruise on the surface in the waters of the high arctic off Canada’s Navy Board Inlet. Narwhals are the ‘unicorn whale’ due to their tusk, which is actually a canine tooth that protrudes from the animal’s lip. Male narwhal tusks can grow to lengths of nearly nine feet. I made this picture from a helicopter at around midnight while on assignment for @natgeo. During the arctic summer, it is always light, which allows for long working days. We were living in tents on the beach and would journey out each day onto the pack ice to explore. After decades spent with wildlife, I still experience a thrill being in the presence of animals. And certain species, like narwhals continue to stir my soul. We see brief glimpses of them in surface waters, but I am intrigued by the portions of their lives that remain hidden and elusive. Their lives however are changing due to the decline of sea ice in the arctic and the future will likely be quite different for this mythical creature.⠀
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