Narwhal - The Unicorn of the Sea

Trader Joe's Narwhal

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The Things You Learn While Drinking Tea

During the winter, Trader Joe's had a great seasonal tea. It was called Candy Cane Green Tea. Well, I like candy canes and I like green tea, so naturally, I bought it. On the inside of the box, on one of the flaps, was a picture of a whale with a horn. Since this was from Trader Joe's and they are kind of a different company (after all, the box also featured a polar bear wearing a sweater), I just thought someone was a little spaced out and created a whole new creature for entertainment purposes. So I went on my merry way and drank some tea.

A group of co-workers also became fans of the Candy Cane Green Tea. While in the kitchen at work, two of us were laughing at the whale with a horn. Another co-worker walked up, looked at the drawing, and said, "Oh, look at the Narwhal!" To which we replied, "Narwhal? This is a real animal?" As it turns out, yes, it is. Narwhals really exist and Trader Joe's was just educating us about it (while adding some ornaments to the animal's horn in the picture).

The Unicorn of the Sea

Since we required proof of existence concerning the Narwhal, our co-worker emailed us some fun Narwhal links. Did you know the Narwhal is considered the Unicorn of the Sea? Yeah, I didn't either. Did you know you can find the Narwhal in the Arctic coastal waters? Me neither! Interesting, huh? (Source: National Geographic )

The Narwhal is actually a porpoise with two teeth. Narwhals are related to bottlenose dolphins and orca whales. Narwhals typically travel in groups. They feed on fish, squid, and shrimp. The male Narwhal can weigh up to 3,500 pounds! A female Narwhal is actually much smaller at about 2,200 pounds. You know how ladies like to watch their weight and stay thinner than men. (Source: Wikipedia )


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Narwhals are Pretty Gnarly, Dude!

Now, on my quest to learn more about Narwhals, I have become fan.  They seem like peaceful, beautiful animals.  Since I am a fan of unicorns, why wouldn't I love the Unicorn of the Sea?  I hope you have found all this information helpful and you are now a big fan of the Narwhal as well.

As if all this wasn't enough, I found a Narwhal song online.  I am not sure why someone thought the Narwhal needed a theme song, but hey, why not?

Narwhals Song

Narwhal Poll!

Did you know Narwhals existed?

  • Yes, of course, you idiot.
  • Yes, but I will not insult the writer's intelligence.
  • No, wait... what's a Narwhal again?
  • No, now I can sleep at night feeling a renewed sense of purpose in life.
  • Ummm...
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MsQuestion 5 years ago from New Jersey

the first time I heard of one of these, was on the movie ELF....they ARE pretty cool creatures, almost "mythical" in their weirdness!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Oh, I never saw that movie. Maybe I would have learned about them sooner if I'd seen that. Thank you for reading and for your comment.


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tonks814 4 years ago from United States

I'm glad to see you posted the Narwhal song. I was thinking about posting it in the comments thread for you before I saw it. I've known about narwhals for a long time, but only because I was obsessed with all whale related creatures when I was nine. :)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Narwhals are great. I can't believe I went through so many years of life without knowing what they were. The Narwhal song is pretty awesome too. Thanks for visiting my hub!

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