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|Johann Christian Daniel Von Schreber|
The Narwhal: Why do we know so little, when we are so fascinated by this creature?
|The beluga whale, the other member of Monotinidae family|
"Dental experts put the tusk under an electron microscope and found new subtleties of dental anatomy..." making a "startling discovery: the tusk, it turns out, forms a sensory organ of exceptional size and sensitivity, making the living appendage one of the planet's most remarkable, and one that in some ways outdoes its own mythology." - Broad, 2005, New York Times
|David Constantine, Mika Gröndahl/The New York Times|
Clinical instructor at Harvard University's School of Dental Medicine and principal investigator of the Narwhal Tooth Expedition and Research Investigation, Martin Nweeia remarks after his first Narwhal siting:
Here, here Martin! The Narwhal truly is a "fantastic beast" and human interest in the species will only continue to grow over time.
"It's one of the few times when the reality is more incredible than the fable - I have more difficulty believing a whale has a tusk like this than I do a unicorn."
Don't forget that tomorrow is World Oceans Day!
Lastly, don't forget that tomorrow pack’s a double whammy for ocean conservation efforts, celebrations and observances: not only has Obama declared that June be National Oceans Month in the United States but, June 8th also marks World Oceans Day. Of course, these celebrations should include the beloved Narwhal, one of the most unique creatures the ocean has to offer. People all around the world are celebrating in creative ways. If you are interested in participating don’t forget to check the world event calendar and remember to respect, care for, and love the ocean. After all, we owe the air that we breathe to it and so much more!
- Jacqueline Ford, Librarian, Biodiversity Heritage Library