Narwhals: Arctic Whales With Super-Sensing Tusks

Tusking Arctic Narwhals
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Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, is graced by an elaborate narwhal-tusk and ivory chair that was used for coronations between 1671 and 1840.

The narwhal tusk has long evoked the mythical unicorn's horn and was once sought by royalty for its legendary medicinal and magical properties. In the 16th century, England's Queen Elizabeth I reportedly purchased a tusk for £10,000—equivalent to price of an entire castle at the time.

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