This is the unique story of a narwhal against all odds

A Narwhal Short Story

Here, below the ice caps, is the magical Narwhal.

It's a cold morning above the arctic ocean's surface.

"It's time for me to come up for air, but the ice caps are everywhere. I'm not sure how I can surface to get air!" Said the Narwhal.

Narwhal's have a tooth that grows out of the left side of their upper lip with a corkscrew twist to it. This tooth allows them to break through the ice caps that commonly cover the surface of the very waters they swim in. This famous tooth is why Narwhal's are commonly referred to as the unicorns of the sea.

"Mmm...You look like you would make a great breakfast!"  Said the Killer Whale.

"If I can break through this ice cap to exhale and inhale rapidly out of the blowhole on my dorsocranial surface of my head, I may have a chace to get away from that Killer Whale."

Narwhal's have a special respiratory system that allows them to hold mass amounts of oxygen in their increased blood volume and muscle mass. This allows them to store oxygen for the duration of their dive.

"I leaped out of the water and was able to exhale, but I couldn't inhale for long enough to dive long enough to get away from the Killer Whale!" Exclaimed the Narwhal

The Narwhal is able to dive shallow and surface again almost immediately allowing them to jump higher out of the ocean water than they did the first time. This second surfacing with greater heaight allows the Narwhal to inhale for a longer amount of time. The longer the inhale the longer they can dive for.

"That second surfacing really helped! I was able to inhale much more oxygen! Now I can seal off my blowhole with my special skin flap creating a water tight seal as I dive fast and deep, up to 1800m. for up to 25mns. That's sure to help me get away from this terrifying Killer Whale!". Said the Narwhal.

"You can't get away that easy!". Screamed back the Killer Whale.

"Finally! That Killer Whale was fast, but thanks to my compressible ribcage I was able to dive fast without being crushed by the pressure of the ocean, allowing me to get away from my predator safely." The Narwhal sighed in relief.

"Goog thing I have time to eat this nice looking Codfish for my five part stomach to digest since I have no salivary glands. I'm so glad I'm not being hunted anymore."

"Mmmm that's one yummy Codfish. It's great that I can use my lips to create a vacuum to suck in my prey since I have no functional teeth!"

"However, the human species is still my greatest fear. We're a near threatened species because of climate change. We have also been hunted for our famous tusks and our blubber."

Human: "Don't miss. We need that Narwhal!"

Fin

Credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pic 1:

Longchamp Sac. (2016) Pictures of Narwhals (Part 2. Retrieved April 25, 2016, from http://narwhalnewsnetwork.com/pictures-of-narwhals2/

 

Pic 2:

Artic Kingdom. (2016) Narwhals - Arctic Kingdom Polar Expeditions. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from http://arctickingdom.com/a-canadian-signature-experience/eric_baccega_erb5929/

 

Pic 3:

Science Junkie. (2016) Science Junkie - Each winter, wide swaths of the Arctic Ocean. Retrieved April 26, 2016, from http://science-junkie.tumblr.com/post/36295486133/each-winter-wide-swaths-of-the-arctic-ocean#.VyA400cific

 

Video1:

Arkive. (2016) Narwhal video - Monodon monoceros - 06b. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://www.arkive.org/narwhal/monodon-monoceros/video-06b.html                                                                

 

Pic 4:

Geographic, National. (2016) Narwhal Facts and Pictures. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/narwhal/#narwhal_pod.jpg

 

Pic 5:

Geographic, National. (2016) Narwhal Facts and Pictures. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/narwhal/#narwhal_tooth.jpg

 

Video 2:

YouTube. (2016) Killer Whales Attack Pod of Narwhal | Nature on PBS. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK-vvDAIG9g

 

Audio 2:

YouTube. (2016) Jaws Theme Song. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCfWHqrYUqo

 

Pic 6:

Tumbler. (2016) Someone: Sometime-Sometime - fyeah-seacreatures: A narwhal surfacing for. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://treestarsgreengrubbars.tumblr.com/post/77725153521/fyeah-seacreatures-a-narwhal-surfacing-for

 

Video 3:

Getty Images. (2016) Narwhals Surface In A Circular Breathing Hole Stock Footage Video | Getty Images. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/narwhals-surface-in-a-circular-breathing-hole-stock-video-footage/3B2FBBF2_0321

 

Narwhal Dive:

Dr. Martini. (2016) Battle of the living instrument platforms: Elephant Seals vs Narwhals | Deep Sea News. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://www.deepseanews.com/2013/03/battle-of-the-living-instrument-platforms-elephant-seals-vs-narwhals/

 

Narwhal Surface Video 4:

YouTube. (2016) World's Weirdest - Narwhals. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO58kt-jETA

 

Orca:

Marinebio. (2016) Orcas (Killer Whales), Orcinus orca ~ .org. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=84

 

Narwhal Blowhole:

Lindasarhan. (2016) The Narwhal - The Fascinating Unicorn Whale of the Arctic Ocean. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://hubpages.com/education/The-Narwhal-The-Fascinating-Unicorn-Whale-of-the-Arctic-Ocean

 

Gif:

Media Giphy. (2016) gif (GIF Image, 500 × 280 pixels. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from https://media.giphy.com/media/8L3dj9E9IueiY/giphy.gif

 

Tail:

Ct. (2016) Arctic Studies Center - Research. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://naturalhistory.si.edu/arctic/html/narwhal.htm

 

Narwhal Bubbles:

National Geographic Society. (2016) Narwhals, Narwhal Pictures, Narwhal Facts - National Geographic. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/narwhal/

 

Narwhal Skull:

Dinosaur Corporation. (2016) Narwhal Skull With Tusk. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from http://www.dinosaurcorporation.com/narwhal1.html

 

Hunt:

Ethnology.Wordpress.  (2016) Ivory | ethnology @ snomnh. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from https://ethnology.wordpress.com/category/material/ivory/

 

Hunt video:

Vimeo. (2016) HUMAN PLANET 2 - ARTIC- NARWHAL HUNT on. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from https://vimeo.com/41804050

 

Hunter Throwing Spear:

Pinterest. (2016) Discover and save creative ideas. Retrieved April 27, 2016, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/417638565421400360/

 

Narwhal Song:

YouTube. (2016) Narwhal Song. Retrieved April 28, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX9IRXIF5Ak