Monday, May 15, 2017

Drone Video of Narwhals Hunting | Never Seen Before

The Swordfish is a sexy creature since it will fight so sport fishermen get a bang out of killing them because they jump out of the water and are spectacular about dying.  Killing things to eat is one thing but doing it for the 'fun' in it is singularly revolting to the Rockhouse.

Narwhals are not at all spectacular but they do have great spears.  They're also whales so woe to the fisherman who tangles with them.  (RT:  Drone footage reveals ‘sea unicorns’ catch prey with bizarre ivory horn (VIDEO))

Narwhal illustrations from 'An account of the Arctic regions' by William Scoresby © William Scoresby / Wikipedia

Dubbed the ‘Unicorn of the Sea’ because of an ivory and dentine tooth that grows from its upper lip right out through its head, the narwhal has long garnered intrigue and was once the subject of fascination by naturalist Charles Darwin.

Notoriously difficult to observe, the narwhal uses its ‘tusk’ as part of its nervous system. In 2016 Harvard University researcher Dr Martin Nweeia described the elongated horn as an invaluable “sensory organ”.

- RT

The new video shows the tusk of the narwhal is more than for sensory purposes.

But animal experts from Canada’s World Wildlife Fund have now released compelling evidence that the unicorn-like horn is also a weapon used to stun fish during a hunt.

Drone footage filmed in Tremblay Sound, Canada’s Arctic region, shows the majestic whales feeding off cod and hitting the fish with their large tusks.

- RT

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