2008 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 2nd prize
Photographer

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2005

Two narwhal males stroke each other in a behavior called tusking. 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. Hunters shoot the whales for their ivory and some skin, but much of the meat goes to waste.

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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