For the first time ever, aerial drone footage from Tremblay Sound, Nunavut, has allowed researchers to directly observe narwhales using their tusks with a specific task in mind – to stun and eat fish near the surface of the water.
“There’s been many hypothesis, but no one has observed or proven anything specifically.This footage is the first time we have a direct observation of the tusk being used for a specific behaviour,” said OTN researcher and U of Windsor Professor, Nigel Hussey.
The video will complement traditional research methods and help research validate behaviour that scientific models are inferring.
For further reading:
- Video of Narwhal behaviour a real catch for scientists
- Read about some of OTN’s Arctic work here