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Known narwhals are exclusively found in the Northern hemisphere, but there have reports of them in the Southern Ocean. [1]

Sightings[]

1615[]

In 1615 Dutch explorer Willem Schouten was on a trip in the Southern ocean which his ship was attacked by an unknown animal. The day after they found a horn lodged in the ship about 1 foot or 30 centimeters long.[1][2]

1620[]

French general Augustin de Beaulieu saw two dark porpoise-like animals below South of Africa. He said it had a horn about 1.5 feet or 45 centimeters long. He also described a high fin on the animal, while known narwhals only have a bony ridge.[3][4]

1892[]

In 1892 the Balaena saw a narwhal by the Bransfield Strait, pretty close to the Antarctic Mainland. The men on board were experienced whalers who clearly saw the horn, even using the whalers term for a narwhal, Uni. [5]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 1-57607-283-5
  2. Willem Corneliszoon Schouten, Journal ou description du merveilleux voyage de Guillaume Schouten
  3. Augustin de Beaulieu, “Memoires du voyage aux Indes Orientales du general Beaulieu,” in Melchisedec Thevenot, ed., Relations de divers voyages curieux
  4. Dietz R, Shapiro AD, Bakhtiari M, Orr J, Tyack PL, Richard P, Eskesen IG, Marshall G. Upside-down swimming behaviour of free-ranging narwhals. BMC Ecol. 2007 Nov 19;7:14. doi: 10.1186/1472-6785-7-14. PMID: 18021441; PMCID: PMC2238733.
  5. W. G. Burn Murdoch, From Edinburgh to the Antarctic: An Artist’s Notes and Sketches during the Dundee Antarctic Expedition of 1892-93
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