Great Narwhal

The largest Narwhals ever seen could be found off the hamlet of Haavsket in northern Norway. That’s what brought famed Narwhal hunter, Sven Brinoche to its shores.

“This is a bad time to hunt for Narwhal,” said hamlet elder, Erling.

“It’s the best time!” said Sven, swigging his ale with abandon. “The biggest whales arrive in November.”

“But it’s the time when the Great Narwhal visits our shores.”

“What’s that?”

“He’s been a local deity for eons. He’s huge and dangerous.”

“Ha! A narwhal god? Excellent. The bigger the better!”

Days later, his life boat drifted to shore. Brinoche was battered and broken, barely alive. Just out to sea a giant narwhal had skewered his boat on its horn and spun the vessel around like a toy.

“You never said the Great Narwhal was that big!” moaned Brinoche.

Erling shook his head. “That’s only one of Great Narwhal’s babies.”
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Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2018/02/03/northern-coast-finland/

Author’s Notes:

Narwhals(Unicorns of the Sea): “The narwhal (Monodon monoceros), or narwhale, is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large “tusk” from a protruding canine tooth…The narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, which is an elongated upper left canine.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narwhal

There is little protection for narwhals against hunting. According to endangerednarwhals.org:
“Narwhals have been listed as β€œNearly Threatened” since 2008. Very few laws have been proposed in attempts to protect this interesting species. In an effort to support conservation, the European Union established an import ban on tusks. Narwhals are becoming extinct for three main reasons. The primary catalyst for the series of events that have led to decrease narwhal populations is unprecedentedly rapid climate change.”
Why Endangered?

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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26 Responses to Great Narwhal

  1. James says:

    Hunters should pay more attention to legends, at least when cast in a work of fiction.

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  2. I love the idea of cocky Sven Brinoche’s boat being spun around on the Narwhal’s horn! Pay attention, learn from your elders.

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  3. Jelli says:

    Wow! I didn’t realize these actually still existed at all. I thought for sure the Humans had destroyed the species. So good to hear they’re still around, but sad to see they’re so endangered. Beautiful beast! Loved your story…serves the human right to get battered…

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    • EagleAye says:

      They’re still out there. And it turns out they’re merely threatened, so there’s few laws protecting them from men like Binoche. They really are awesome creatures. I hope we guard them well. Gald you enjoyed this and thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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  4. Lyn says:

    On a whim I decided to use Google maps to see how far along the Fv264 I could go. I found Brinoche’s boat. It was sitting out on the water abandoned. Just sitting there forlorn and empty. Obviously he didn’t learn anything. You have to love the Narwhal…they are awesome.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I thought it could be found. I guess the baby got tired of its new toy. Who knows if he learned anything other avoiding Northern Norway in November. With any luck, he’ll give up his adventurism at the whales’ expense. Thanks Lyn! πŸ™‚

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  5. This is great! I remember in Patrick O’Brian’s books one of the characters has a narwhal tusk and tells everyone it’s a unicorn’s horn, adding that he witnessed it being cut off the slain beast’s head.

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    • EagleAye says:

      So cool to find someone else who reads nautical fiction. I have an O’Brien book in front of me along with C.S. Forester’s Hornblower series. Glad you enjoyed this, and thanks! πŸ™‚

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      • I love that stuff. I think O’Brian is one of the greatest writers in the English language. Forrester is a good enough yarn writer, but he’s not in the same league. He’s along the lines of Cornwell or Clavell.

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  6. k rawson says:

    There is nothing I enjoy more than a good narwhal story. I can’t even tell you how excited it makes me! Glad you brought its threatened state to light.

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  7. pennygadd51 says:

    I’m glad Brinoche got his comeuppance! Long live the Great Narwhal!

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  8. prior.. says:

    ahhhh.

    don’t mess!!

    well done (and nice to learn about this whale and hope they get some protection)

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Lynn Love says:

    I loved how the narwhal won out in the end – let’s hope they do in reality. Thanks for sharing the link too

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