Narwhals and Lancaster Sound
Here is the Narwhal pastel painting by MK Nature Design. New research has found information on how the Narwhal uses it’s tusk. In addition, Lancaster Sound, an important point of migration and travel for the Narwhal, is being considered as a Marine Preserve even though Shell holds some exploration permits in the area.
It has been recently discovered that the Narwhal uses its horn to sense and taste things underwater. Water enters the horn through channels much like our teeth and the narwhal senses the temperature and tastes different chemicals in the water. It uses this information to find food and females ready for mating. For more information read here! The Narwhal also uses echolocation (noise) to find food and mates.
The Narwhal migrates through Lancaster Sound in the Arctic Archipelago and this area has exploration licenses held by Shell. World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) is suing the Canadian government to have these licenses revoked even though Shell has stated that there has been a moratorium on these exploration licenses for 40 years. However the licenses still stand. Narwhals and 1/7 of the worlds whales pass through Lancaster Sound during migration. Lancaster Sound is important for polar bears, narwhals, bowhead and beluga whales, walruses and ringed, bearded and harp seals. Lancaster Sound was at the edge of a proposed marine protected area for arctic animals but others are hoping to include it in the Nature Preserve. These licenses/permits are still valid according to one article. It is important that such a major migration route as Lancanster Sound be protected. The WWF-Canada is doing good work. Please support them.
Protect Lancaster Sound and encourage Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make all of Lancaster Sound a Marine Preserve by signing this petition.