New footage demonstrates how narwhals use their tusks


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.

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