May 24 2020

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One day, Dolphin 🐬 asked Narwhal, “why do you have a beautiful horn on your head?”

Narwhal said, “nannaanannnaaa naaa! I have a beautiful horn, because I am a unicorn πŸ¦„! Nannaanannnaaa naaa!
Dolphin 🐬 felt sad because her friend was bragging. She felt upset, and offended. She went to meet Seahorse and Craison. But they were busy with finding the perfect kelp for each other, and accidentally eating it!
But Craison gave Dolphin 🐬 some advice, “first ignore her. Then if she keeps being mean, brag about somethingΒ youΒ can do thatΒ sheΒ can’t do.”
For two days Dolphin 🐬 ignored Narwhal, but Narwhal kept bragging.
So Dolphin 🐬 bragged that she could breathe out of the water πŸ’¦. Narwhal felt sad that Dolphin 🐬 kept bragging, and she was upset. So Narwhal stopped bragging and then Dolphin 🐬 stopped too.
Dolphin 🐬 told Narwhal why she was bragging, because what Narwhal did (bragging) made her sad. Narwhal apologized, and Dolphin and Narwhal reunited.

About a narwhal’s horn: The horn on a narwhal’s head is actually a long tooth that helps it hunt (the horn can be ten feet long!)Β Known as “the unicorns of the sea,” narwhals are unique for the solitary tusk that protrudes through the tops of their heads. The horn is actually a canine front tooth that can reach as long as nine feet!Research has pinpointed many possibilities, suggesting the tusk is used as a sensory organ, helping the narwhal pick up changes in its environment. Males of the species may even use the horns to look for food or find mates. Firstly, the narwhal’s tusk is actually anΒ overgrown spiralized tooth and it’s one of only two teeth they’ll ever possess. In fact, if you were lucky enough spot a narwhal in the wild you may not even recognize it as a narwhal at all, since many of them lose their tusks over time (hence its mysterious and elusive reputation!). And while there are a few other animals that have similarly protruding teeth (like walruses and elephants), the narwhal tusk is unique still. Essentially, it’s an inside out tooth. The narwhal tusk is incredibly sensitive on the outside, with up to ten million nerve endings on each one. In 2014, researchers even foundΒ significant changes in heart rate when alternating solutions of high-salt and fresh water were exposed to the external surface of the tusk. I imagine this as similar to that feeling you get with really cold ice cream on a sensitive spot on your toothβ€”you knowβ€”but way worse. How in the world does the narwhal survive with such a thing in the frigid Arctic waters?

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Posted May 24, 2020 by 1029505 in category Series

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