Narwhal - The Unicorn of the Sea
Trader Joe's Narwhal
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 )
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?
Sources and Inspiration:
- Narwhals, Narwhal Pictures, Narwhal Facts - National Geographic
Learn all you wanted to know about narwhals with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic.
- Narwhal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Trader Joe's