- What is a narwhal?
- What is a unicorn?
- Do all narwhals have a long tooth, or tusk? What do the tusks look like?
- Why did Martin Nweeia think that he would be a good person to figure out the
mystery of the narwhal tusk?
- What did Frederick Eichmiller’s team do with a narwhal tooth?
- How are narwhal teeth different from human teeth?
- Why is it surprising that a narwhal tooth is hollow and contains a bundle of
- What different types of scientists participated in the narwhal project?
- Why would studying a narwhal tooth require a range of different scientists?
What do you suppose each type of scientist did on the project?
- Compare studying a narwhal with studying another animal of your choice. What
additional obstacles do you think someone interested in narwhals would face?
- Do you think the purpose of a narwhal’s tusk will continue to be a mystery
for much longer? Why or why not?
- How might the narwhal’s tooth function as a temperature or a pressure
- Describe another type of scientific project, which doesn’t involve people,
that a dentist might find interesting to pursue.
- Why might certain animals be unable to survive in a zoo?
- What uses might an animal have for an especially long tooth, or tusk?
- What other animals live only in the Arctic? See www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/arctic/Awildlife.html (J. Giannetta) or www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/html/wildlife.html(Arctic Studies Center).
- Which countries border the Arctic? See www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/arctic/Aintro.html (J. Giannetta).
- Suppose that you are on a month-long expedition in the Artic. What sorts of
information would you record on such a trip? Write six sample journal entries
describing things that you might observe or encounter. See www.narwhal.org/Expedition2002.html(narwhal.org).
- The Narwhal’s tusk has been a source of myths and legends. See www.narwhal.org/UnicornMyth.html (narwhal.org) or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicorn (Wikipedia). Write your own story about why the animal has a tusk.
A narwhal is 15 feet long. A pilot whale is 8.5 meters long. How much shorter is a narwhal than a pilot whale?