Arctic Ocean creatures could hold the key to climate change. With temperatures constantly changing around the globe and climate upheavels, natural disasters and weather patterns that are unpredictable, age old creatures may help humans find the answers. The almost myth-like Narwhal is still alive and abounding in the Arctic Ocean.
A relative to the beluga whale and porpoise, the narwhal is a creature that is still in existence. The curious creature often found in storybooks, legends and other literary documents is a real mammal that makes its life in the Arctic Ocean.
Often dubbed as the unicorn of the sea, the narwhal boasts a large protruding tusk and is little heard about in today’s society. The strange sea creature is known for its weird tusk that is actually a long canine tooth that has refused to stop growing. The tusk can reach a length of up to eight feet in the male Narwhal and sometimes even dons the graces of the female.
Strange but true, these creatures still exist, although their numbers have been declining over the years due to climate change and unforeseen events. Surfing above the water for air, the Narwhal is usually happy below the ice and snow of the Arctic Ocean. Able to survive up to 50 years, the Narwhal or Narwhale, is a spotted ocean mammal without a dorsal fin.
It is not a popular creature, as many have only known about the Narwhal just by chance. It is primarily a docile breed of wildlife, but is fully armed with a defending means of survival. The spiraled tusk of the Narwhal is an outstanding feature that sets it apart from its relatives. Used for sexual advancements and to break open ice surfaces, the Narwhal is also well equipped for fighting in the cold Arctic Ocean waters.
Native to the Arctic Ocean near the coasts of Russia, Greenland and Canada, the Narwhal usually is prone to eat cod, halibut, shrimp and squid. A good hunter on its own, other predators like humans and polar bears often find and kill the Narwhal for its meat. Ivory from the protruding tusks is a coveted catch, along with its skin that can provide Vitamin C for its human captors.
The number of Narwhals are slowly depleting with climate change with lessons to be learned from the unusual creature. Arctic Ocean temperatures have changed in recent years from the very frigid waters of -58 degrees to milder temperatures of up to 50 degrees in the summer months. The natural environment of the Narwhal has not been the same over the last few decades and their behavior is becoming evident.
The Narwhal of the Arctic Ocean is now on the list of threatened animals, but is holding its own despite its likely demise. Regional changes in climate around the Arctic Ocean have shown scientists more fact than fiction when it comes to the life of the Narwhal. Usually using its instinctive behavior to break through ice, the Narwhal has become sluggish and more free-floating with the onset of warmer waters.
The waters of the North Pole around the Arctic Ocean have warmed and are threatening the lives of natives creatures like the Narwhal. Arctic ocean creatures could hold the key to climate change through their behavior and means of survival. A change is happening, climate change is happening and exotic creatures such as the Narwhal could hold the key as they slowly drift off to sea.
By: Roanne FitzGibbon