Picture of narwhal swimming in the ocean.

About The Species

Narwhals are found in the Arctic Ocean. Male narwhals have a tooth that grows into a long clockwise-spiraled tusk, resembling a unicorn horn. 

Narwhals, like all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

NOAA Fisheries and its partners are working to conserve narwhals and further our understanding of this species through research and conservation activities.

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CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

MMPA Protected

throughout its range

Scientific Classification