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Old 02-10-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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Elusive Narwhal caught on film

Here.

I think it's fascinating, personally. We know so little about sea-life as it is, especially this species, and this footage gives us a brief glimpse of not just one, but a whole group of Narwhal.

Also, looking at the footage, and their impressive horn, I can see how early Norse explorers might have considered them to be 'Sea-Monsters'.






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Old 02-10-2009, 06:14 PM   #2
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"These animals are just so completely unreal - they are like something from mythology"
That seems a fair assessment. They are very impressive creatures, as you say sure 'sea-monster' material!


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Old 02-10-2009, 06:19 PM   #3
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That seems a fair assessment. They are very impressive creatures, as you say sure 'sea-monster' material!
I certainly thought so when I first heard of them - there's a 1.5-2m Narwhal tusk at Warwick Castle (picture here, not mine), in one of the Great Halls - I couldn't believe that it was from a sea creature!

That such a creature can be so close to us, yet we still know almost nothing about them, is just amazing. I hope this will spark further research into the species, and and lead to conservation efforts if it is proved that Global Warming will have a detrimental effect on them.






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Old 02-10-2009, 06:24 PM   #4
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The first thing I thought of when watching the clip was the apparent danger - it is amazing that the Narwhal are able to swim in such close formation, seemingly without incident...I imagine a 7ft tusk could do massive damage in the event of an unfortunate collission.

And I agree with you, if global warming is shown to be having an effect on them, such a curious creature ought be protected - as should all, really, but this species is fascinating.


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Old 02-10-2009, 06:46 PM   #5
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Ah, narwhals. I would love to buy a yacht, go out to the Arctic Circle, and start up a whaling operation. It'd be a fair fight: I have a high-powered deck-mounted harpoon cannon, they have long, spear-like tusks.
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:56 PM   #6
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Your yacht would get stoved like the Essex.

That was one righteously pissed off whale, and a strong indicator that whales may be capable of reason.


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Old 02-10-2009, 07:04 PM   #7
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Your yacht would get stoved like the Essex.
Yes, but that was an old wooden-hull craft. I can buy a steel-hulled Soviet sub on the black market for several thousand dollars. Outfit the machine gun deck with a harpoon cannon, and you have a modern day whaleship.
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That was one righteously pissed off whale, and a strong indicator that whales are capable of reason.
But these are smaller than whales... but with tusks. It's a fair fight.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:19 PM   #8
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I can buy a steel-hulled Soviet sub on the black market for several thousand dollars. Outfit the machine gun deck with a harpoon cannon, and you have a modern day whaleship.
I thought that the drug cartels had already bought all of them to use for smuggling, along with a few leftover thermonuclear torpedoes to use against the DEA and the Coast Guard.


"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
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It definately looks unreal...really unreal to me....but idk.....

Interesting animal....we truly do not know everything

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Old 02-11-2009, 11:06 AM   #10
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Wow. Those creatures are absolutley amazing! Very much Sea-Monster material! Excellent thread, Astor!

@Rev: Agreed, these Narwhals looked very unreal...in an AWESOME way!


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Old 02-11-2009, 04:00 PM   #11
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I thought that the drug cartels had already bought all of them to use for smuggling, along with a few leftover thermonuclear torpedoes to use against the DEA and the Coast Guard.
Pshaw, there's a guy named dimitri5162 on eBay that's selling one for $100. They're practically liquidating their stock to get quick cash.
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:42 PM   #12
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Great! I can finally buy that MiG-29 I always wanted.


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