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    This Is Your Reminder That Narwhals Are Real And That's Crazy


    This is a narwhal. You may remember him from the 2003 film Elf.

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    Here's the full scene in question, as a reminder:

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    Perhaps you, too, saw this (or see it now), and thought, That is a crazy-ass idea for a mythical creature. It is like a unicorn and a manatee had a baby and they put it in this film.

    Well, YouTube commenter Andrew Collins has a question for all of us.


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    Despite being two otherwise intelligent human beings, the authors of this post did not know that narwhals were real animals until their mid-twenties. Well, one of them was 22 and one of them was 26. We don't need to specify which is which.

    It is SHOCKINGLY easy to go 20–25 years into this life not knowing that narwhals are real. For one, the internet is littered with images like these.

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    See??? Two totally fake animals in a fake battle of who is the fakest!

    You could see this adorable little one that someone crocheted.

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    And this one made out of...chicken bacon.

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    ...and never know...that they are actually...REAL.

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    Here is one in a museum! A museum for real animals and facts!

    Here's a real one just chilling in its natural habitat.

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    The natural habitat of the narwhal is apparently the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia — all real places. Along with the beluga whale, the narwhal belongs to the Monodontidae family.

    And here is a pack of them!

    Narwhals are reported to be the arctic species most vulnerable to climate change. About 75,000 still exist today; they're qualified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as "nearly threatened."

    This is how big Wikipedia says they are compared to human divers.

    They are relatively dark when they're born and become whiter with age — a narwhal can live to be 50 years old.

    Their long, unicorn horn-looking tusk is actually a canine tooth that continues to grow throughout a narwhal's entire life. Males always grow tusks, while only about 15% of females do.

    Narwhals can dive up to 4,900 feet, making them some of the deepest divers, among mammals, in the real animal kingdom.

    So there you go.

    Narwhals are real. Who knew? (Well, maybe some of you. If so, congrats.)