VIDEO: Unicorns of the sea hunt their prey

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada release aerial footage of the sea unicorns swimming

Chances are you’ll never see a narwhal up close – let alone a pod feeding in the ocean.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada released footage Friday, announcing ground-breaking research that confirms the ocean species – also known as sea unicorns – use its tusks to feed.

Through aerial footage shot with drones, scientists were able to watch tusked narwhals approaching schools of arctic cod, tracking the cod with the tusk, and then, as the cod was positioned close to the tip of the tusk, the narwhals giving it a quick hard tap that stunned the fish before they would move in to suck in the prey.

Narwhals are classified as “special concern” by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The species is federally protected and live in the Arctic Ocean near Nunavut, but are also being considered for listing under the federal Species at Risk Act.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Morning Jan. 15: slippery conditions with fog on area Highways

The roads and weather for the South Cariboo

South Cariboo photo contest; $100 Chamber Bucks prize

Help us get photos for our tourism publications

Joel Patsey of the Wranglers is rearing for chance in Top Prospects Game

“I’ve been working all season to get this opportunity,” said Patsey. “I’m happy that it happened.”

Crafter’s Market opens in downtown 100 Mile House

Indoor, year-round spaces available for locally-made products

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag for Canada at 2018 Olympics

The pair earned a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

Diplomacy on agenda at North Korea summit in Vancouver

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting Tuesday to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested

Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions

‘Reprehensible’: Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of U.S. right

“This man is reprehensible,” tweeted former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka

‘I shouldn’t have to have a husband:’ Winnipeg woman criticizes men-only club

Jodi Moskal discovered the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club continues to ban women as members, as it has done since opening in 1909.

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

The false alarm came two days after Hawaii’s emergency management department sent a mistaken warning

Toronto girl dies after being pinned between vehicles while picked up from school

Police say an SUV with no driver in it rolled forward and pinned the girl against her father’s car

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Most Read