Los unicornios existen y hay fotos (los estuvimos buscando en los lugares equivocados)

Los narvales son considerado como «los unicornios del mar» y sí estuvimos buscando estos animales mitológicos en el lugar equivocado. De acuerdo a National Geographic, los narvales son «marsopas de colores pálidos que se encuentran en las aguas y ríos del Ártico».

El cuerno del unicornio es en realidad un colmillo y, si bien no se ha comprobado para qué sirve este colmillo de marfil, creen que sirve para un ritual de apareamiento. Los machos suelen tener colmillos de hasta 2 metros y medio. Las mujeres si bien lo tienen, no tienen cuernos tan grandes.

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De acuerdo al sitio, estos animales viajan en grupo (entre 15 y 20, no obstante, se han reportado grupos de cientos de narvales o incluso miles) y comen pescado, camarones y otros alimentos acuáticos.

Hoy en día hay 172 mil narvales en el océano, de acuerdo a la organización Ocean, no obstante, al vivir alejados de las zonas pobladas, se sabe poco de ellos. Incluso, no es tan común verlos y mucho menos fotografiarlos.

¡Mira más fotos de los unicornios que viven bajo el agua!

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My 6th story for National Geographic appeared in the August 2007 issue. Unlike leopard seals which was incredibly rewarding to shoot, narwhals was the toughest story I have ever had to tell. I won’t go into details here, but if you want to see the full story, then please read the article or please feel free to sign up to my mailing list as I will go into more detail in the future. This story was an incredible collaboration with my Inuit guides and support from National Geographic. My friend Brian Knutsen came all of the way from Sri Lanka to fly my ultralight from the back seat while I took pictures from the front seat with the doors off. We nearly crashed the plane on the shoot and ended up blowing up one engine due to excessive carb ice while flying. We managed to land on the ice and my guide Dexter and Brian installed a new engine so we could finish the shoot. Essentially, out of 6 seasons of trying to capture intimate images of narwhals, we only had 5 hours of good shooting on our last season. With @jedweingarten #nature #narwhals #adventure #explore #pushingpersonallimits

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Photos by @paulnicklen // One of the most unique, special and elusive species I have ever had the pleasure of photographing is the Narwhal. Most people do not realize that they even exist. There really are unicorns out there! The left helical spiraling tusk just happens to grow out of a beautiful 16 foot long whale that lives in the Arctic ocean. It doesn’t get any better than that. It took me ten years of trying different techniques to find these whales. Working with local Inuit guides and using my ultralight airplane with friend and fellow pilot, Brian Knutsen we were able to find hundreds of these whales living way offshore in the drifting pack ice. #DiscoverOcean #whales #natures #ocean #narwhal

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