Scientists Finally Manage to Record the Strange Sounds of the ‘Arctic Unicorn’—the Elusive Narwhal
Marine biologists have finally managed to record the calls of the elusive narwhal—also known as the “Arctic unicorn” of the ocean.
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Scientists have finally succeeded in recording the various calls, buzzes, clicks, and whistles of the creature affectionately dubbed the “unicorn of the ocean”: narwhals.
The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according to the researchers.
Narwhals are difficult to study because they are notoriously shy and skittish and spend most of their time deep in the freezing Arctic Ocean. They tend to summer in glacial fjords around Greenland and Canada, but scientists often have trouble getting close enough to study them. Glacier fronts can be dangerous and hard to access, and the animals tend to swim off when approached by motorized boats.