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The size of a Narwhal compared to an average human
The size of a Narwhal compared
to an average human

Latin Name Monodon monoceros
Conservation Status Near Threatened
Location Arctic Ocean
Colour Dark Grey, Black & White
Length 4 - 5 m (13 - 16.5 ft)
Weight 0.8 - 1.6 tonnes (0.75 - 1.6 tons)
Life Expectancy -

Main Characteristics

Narwhals are between 4 and 5 m (13 - 16.5 ft) in length and they weigh between 0.8 and 1.6 tonnes (0.75 - 1.6 tons). They are mottled white in colour with a darker head and a dark stripe that runs down their back. Males have a large tusk that is actually an overgrown tooth, and it can measure up to 2.5 m (8.2 ft) in length.


Narwhals can be found in the Arctic Ocean. They live in groups containing up to 25 individuals.


Narwhals feed on fish, squid and shrimps.



Predators of Narwhals include polar bears, killer whales and humans.


There are no subspecies of the Narwhal

Interesting Facts

Narwhals are also known as:
Moon Whale
Polar Whale

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