Monday, February 02, 2015
THE CRYPTODANE: The tales of two sets of tusks - and a little bit of unicorn lore
What the whales actually use them for is a matter of debate. Some say they are the whale equivalent of antlers. Some say they are used to root around in the bottom of the sea for the various prey animals of the narwhals. And some say they are simply weapons - or perhaps a combination of all three. What ever their use, they have been highly valued an indeed prized through the ages. Even today, where the superstition have been stripped away, a good size narwhal tusk is worth a fortune.
Posted by Jon Downes at 11:36 AM