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

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2005

Hunters take the blubber from beneath the skin of a narwhal. Known as 'muktuk', this skin and blubber is seen as a delicacy and is rich in Vitamin C. Hunters shoot the whales for their ivory, skin and 'muktuk', 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.

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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