The Unicorn of the Sea: Narwhal Quiz
by Staff
The narwhal is more than just another whale; with its mighty tusk, it's often called the unicorn of the sea and may have inspired many of the unicorn myths you hear today. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of this magnificent mammal.

True or false: A narwhal is a type of whale.

  • true
  • false

Which of these is another name for the narwhal?

  • white whale
  • corpse whale
  • killer whale

How long is a baby narwhal at birth?

  • 3 feet (91 centimeters)
  • 5 feet
  • 8 feet

How much does the average narwhal weigh?

  • 1,200 pounds (500 kilograms)
  • 2,300 pounds
  • 3,500 pounds

What is the narwhal's favorite food?

  • plankton
  • algae
  • fish

Where do most narwhals live?

  • Australia
  • arctic region
  • tropical areas

What is the gestation period for the narwhal?

  • six months
  • nine months
  • 15 months

What is the average life span for the narwhal?

  • 30-40 years
  • 40-50 years
  • 50-60 years

True or false: The narwhal tusk plays no role in feeding.

  • true
  • false

Which of the typical male narwhal's teeth are longer?

  • They are both the same size.
  • right
  • left

How long is the average narwhal tusk?

  • 8.8 feet (2.7 meters)
  • 12 feet
  • 15.3 feet

True or false: Narwhals prefer to live alone.

  • true
  • false

What percent of female narwhals have a tusk?

  • 3 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 50 percent

What is the body fat percentage of a typical narwhal?

  • 25 percent
  • 35 percent
  • 50 percent

What is the only other creature in the Monodontidae family with the narwhal?

  • killer whale
  • sperm whale
  • beluga whale

True or false: The narwhal is an endangered species.

  • true
  • false

What happens to a narwhal's tusk if it gets broken?

  • The animal dies.
  • nothing
  • The tusk regenerates.

Which of these do narwhals lack?

  • fluke
  • eyes
  • dorsal fin

What is narwhal skin called?

  • muktuk
  • mukrag
  • mushoo

True or false: Narwhals have feeling in their tusks.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The narwhal can use its tusk to detect changes in water temperature.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The narwhal tusk is surprisingly flexible.

  • true
  • false

How much did Queen Elizabeth pay for a narwhal tusk in the 16th century?

  • 1,000 pounds
  • 10,000 pounds
  • 100,000 pounds

True or false: The narwhal tusk is very smooth.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Narwhal tusks always spiral counterclockwise.

  • true
  • false

How many teeth do narwhals have, other than one or two tusks?

  • none
  • 32
  • hundreds

Narwhal skin is rich in this nutrient.

  • vitamin B
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin D

True or false: Narwhals rarely survive in captivity.

  • true
  • false

What color is an elderly narwhal?

  • black
  • white
  • gray

True or false: It is illegal to sell narwhal tusk in the U.S.

  • true
  • false