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Narwhal Facts – Cliches & Curiosities

January 11th, 2016 | By | Filed in Featured Trip

A pair of narwhal surface

Narwhal Facts - The Cliche

Google it. You'll see the number one cliche about narwhal is that they are "the unicorn of the sea." This Arctic whale - has never been successfully kept in captivity. You must visit their habitat to see them.

Narwhal Facts - The Science

Qilalugaq tugaalik is the Inuktituk name for narwhal. Scientists refer to them as monodon monoceros. Females give birth to a single calf that they have carried for up to 16 months, and nurse their calf for over a year. Mating occurs between March and May. They are social mammals, travelling in pods of 10 to 100. Although seeing a pod of 100 is a rare sight, we have witnessed it at our camp near Pond Inlet.

Narwhal Facts - That single tusk may be a sensory device

The tusk is actually a tooth, which is the reason that narwhal are classified as toothed-whales. The World Wildlife Fund research collaborators have discovered that the spiral tooth may have as many as 10 million nerve endings inside. Narwhal Facts: Can narwhal have more than one tusk? Though rare, yes, some narwhal grow a pair of tusks.

More Narwhal Facts

  • The world population of narwhal is between 40 and 50 thousand
  • The majority winter under the ice in the Davis Strait or Baffin Bay region
  • Narwhal feed on Greenland halibut, shrimp, squid and other fish

Arctic Kingdom’s Tom Lennartz honoured by Conde Nast

January 6th, 2016 | By | Filed in Uncategorized

Conde Nast ExperiencesEvery year, the influential travel magazine Conde Nast selects Experience Makers - travel professionals that the magazine has identified as experts in their field. Our own Tom Lennartz was on the 2015 list. You will note that he was recognized for the depth of his knowledge of expedition ships. Tom is equally adept at creating private expeditions to the remote reaches of the world. On ships or land!

Tom Lennartz has worked with captains of industry

We aren't allowed to brag about Tom's network of the rich and famous. We can tell you that he has arranged private journeys for major documentarians, captains of industry, royalty and famous movie stars. Tom Lennartz has spent his entire life outdoors - diving, snowmobiling, swimming with whales and leading expeditions. That depth of knowledge and experience is at your service, whenever he creates a custom tour. Tom is a family man, so he is sensitive to the needs of parents who want to create lasting family memories when they travel. Congratulations, Tom!
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