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

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2005

A hunter uses a wire brush to clean algae and grime off a narwhal tusk in preparation for sale. 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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