New footage demonstrates how narwhals use their tusks

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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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