I love animals. I feel that they are the most incredible creatures on the planet. They come in different sizes and shapes, they do their natural thing, and bide their time minding their own business. Humans arrive in their habitats and decide to mess around with it. They set up shop, they urbanize, they chop trees and replace them with skyscrapers, pollute lakes and seas, and kill them freely for fun. Humans truly disgust me. Animals have just as much right to live on Earth as we do, yet we give off this aura of self-entitlement acting as if we deserve more. My new section on the blog titled “Animals” will illustrate for each animal we feature a little about them, their habitat, quirky facts, and how you can help fix the mess left for them. You will also learn of ways how you can donate to their cause and where the money goes. We will advise you of encounters or experiences that are ethical to enjoy. It will all be here for you. So now let’s get on with it and feature our first creature. Here is our guide on how you can Help Narwhals.

Narwhal

Facts About the Elusive and Mysterious Narwhal

  • The ocean area near Greenland is where you have the best chance of finding them, though they tend to hang out in the Canadian arctic.
  • The large unicorn-looking horn is actually a tusk made of a protruding tooth!
  • They can weigh up to 1600 kg! Whoa…
  • They eat mostly flatfish, cod, and Greenland halibut
  • They can live up to 50 years!
  • Biggest causes of death: Starvation, suffocation due to being caught under frozen ice, and hunting by Inuit tribes for ivory and meat.
  • There are just over 75,000 left in the wild which is diminishing yearly thanks to climate change and hunting
  • It is mostly male narwhals that grow tusks with only 15% of females having them.
  • Reproduction usually happens in summer months and in shallow waters.
  • Narwhals gained popularity thanks to the Christmas movie “Elf.” After the character appeared in the film, more people became aware of the unicorn of the sea. “Bye Buddy. Hope you find your dad.” “By Mr. Narwhal…” -Buddy the Elf.
Greenland
Greenland

Ethical Way to See Them

Nowadays the media, blogs, and travel companies have been very strict in their views regarding animal attractions that clearly demonstrate mistreatment, duress, or harm. Our aim for our new section is to bring to you ethical ways to observe wildlife that in no way disturbs natural behaviours, environments, or ecosystems. Some of the most persecuted of wildlife continue to be traumatized and hurt for human gain and it truly makes us very sad. However, with each step we take to replace these horrible selfish activities with safer and ethical ones, the better we are as a human race.

Bring your Camera Gear!
Bring your Camera Gear!

It is not an easy task to see a narwhal in the wild, up close, or even in pictures. They are elusive and rare to spot.

One of your best chances is to head to Baffin Island with Eagle Eye Tours for an immersive trip right in the Canadian Arctic wilderness. You will be surrounded by ice and snow, and just may be lucky to observe a narwhal or two at a really close angle. They won’t be touched or handled in any way, and you will feel good knowing that your experience had no bearing on their natural life behaviours. Now, the tour is quite pricey so you will need to be truly passionate about it! Pack warm layers of clothing, and set off for a trip of a lifetime.

Baffin Island
Baffin Island

Ways to Help Narwhals

As the natural population of these incredible creatures has decreased thanks to many factors both natural and from human interference, programs and actions have been put in place to help these guys survive in the wild.

Animal Welfare
Animal Welfare
  • The EU has put a ban on tusk importation in place to save the narwhals from exploitation and danger.
  • Purchase a symbolic adoption! Your donation helps save narwhals and preserve their habitat for a lengthy existence on earth.
  • Send a letter to the Government of your country to implement a program to help wildlife! Even if nothing comes of it right away, the effort was put in place and your voice will be heard.
  • Become a supporter of saving the Narwhals and join an organization whose efforts centre around preserving this gentle giant who is at the top of the food chain.
Narwhal
Help Narwhals
Credit: Ansgar Walk

Much still needs to be done to save the narwhals from extinction and succumbing to climate change effects. It is up to us to implement actions to decrease the impact. Adopt one symbolically, become an advocate, or support tourism to see them ethically in their natural habitat.

Where You Can Find and How you Can Help Narwhals
Where You Can Find and How you Can Help Narwhals