Well, tusk, actually. For a long time, we had ideas–but no real proof–as to why narwhals have a horn. Scientists discovered one use for the majestic tusks…with DRONES!
“The use of drones is pretty unique because it gives us a bird’s eye view that’s close enough to the animals that it doesn’t disturb them at all, but at the same time gives us a close enough image to [see] how the animals are feeding and how they’re behaving,” says researcher Bob Hodgson. “It’s a new perspective.”
Narwhals were seen flicking the fish (arctic cod) to stun them, making them a sleepy delicious snack! Dr. Marianne Marcoux describes the behavior as “remarkably agile,” being able to flip and toss the fish with a subtle motion of the head.
Learn more in the videos below!