2008 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2005

Hunters strip the skin and blubber from a female narwhal to make the delicacy 'muktuk'. Hunters shoot the whales for their ivory, skin and blubber, but much of the meat goes to waste. Tusks of the narwhal whale were once sold as unicorn horns and were immensely valuable. Today narwhal ivory can still fetch large sums and the whales are legally hunted by some Inuit groups. The hunting season is a time of much festivity.

About the photographer

Paul Nicklen

As a young boy, Paul Nicklen, a Canadian-born polar specialist and marine biologist, moved to Baffin Island and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them he learned t...

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