National Geographic

@natgeo 5 months ago

Photos by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | One of the things that fascinates me most about the ocean is how little we know. So many mysteries and secrets are hidden in the depths of the sea, so many things still to be discovered. Narwhals are sometimes called the unicorns of the sea, and the males are most recognizable by their ivory tusks, a long canine tooth covered in thousands of nerve endings and pores that protrudes from the upper jaw. The recent establishment of the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area in northern Canada is a huge conservation win for many reasons. Perhaps most important is the prohibition of human activity in the area. This means no commercial fishing. No mining. No oil or gas development. Their absence will mean safe migratory paths for the whales who pass through these waters. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more stories about success in conservation. #TurningTheTide #BornToIce #narwhal #marineprotectedarea