Scientists have believed that the narwhal’s tusk was mainly for sexual selection, however, new drone footage shows that the tusk may be a multi-purpose tool for the unicorns of the ocean. The drone aerial video confirms scientific theories and traditional Inuit knowledge, but at the same time, it raises new questions.
This first-of-its-kind drone footage was captured by Canadian scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the University of Windsor, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada, the Vancouver Aquarium and Arctic Bear Productions in collaboration with the community of Pond Inlet.
The video is fascinating and exciting to watch according to David Miller, president and CEO of WWF Canada but it has important implications for the preservation of narwhals and other Arctic species.
“As the Arctic warms and development pressure increases, it will be important to understand how narwhal are using their habitat during their annual migration,” he said in Discover Magazine. “With this information in hand, we can work to minimize the effects of human activities on narwhal.”
This is another great example of how drones can be of great value in wildlife research and conservation.