Narwhals - "Unicorns of the Sea": Researching an Arctic Legend
William W. Fitzhugh and Martin Nweeia present photos and video on a new Smithsonian exhibition that explores the fascinating biology, history, and Inuit and environmental relations of this still-mysterious High Arctic animal. Drawing on new research on the tusk--the largest tooth in nature--and on research by scores of scholars working with Inuit collaborators, surprising new understandings are being achieved about this highly social but elusive creature whose future is threatened by climate change and arctic development.
William Fitzhugh is director of the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center and a visiting professor at Dartmouth. Martin Nweeia is a practicing dentist with research appointments at Harvard, the Smithsonian, and other institutions.
Sponsored by the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding. Free and open to all.