August 22nd, 2017205 views
Most people know narwhals as cute creatures who occasionally emerge from the sea to say hello in a holiday movie, but for the Inuit community, they are very real parts of daily life. Many Inuit people have actually come face to face with the spiraling tusk that distinguishes narwhals from your average whale, and their encounters are the focus at Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend, a new exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
As soon as you step into the exhibit, you'll be immediately swept away by a soundtrack evoking the Arctic with the sounds of narwhal's songs, tossing seas, and moving icebergs with panoramic photos of the tumultuous Arctic Ocean surrounding you. Ogle actual narwhal tusks and skulls, see a fossilized skull from a distant narwhal cousin, and check out the 18-foot replica of a male narwhal that hands overhead at the exhibit.
The exhibit just came to the first-floor gallery on August 3rd, and it'll stay through August 2019. That gives you plenty of time to come and explore.