Monodon monoceros. Narwhal.
by: Lieut. James Ross, R. N., F.L.S.
of the ship: Fury
William Parry Expedition, 1824
Very numerous in Baffin's Bay and Prince
Regent's inlet, but none were killed. The head and horn of one was found
above high-water mark at the head of Port Neill. The horn measured 8 feet,
and at the base was 8 inches in circumference, gradually tapering to a
fine point, completing 8 spiral turns from the base to the tip. It was
very solid, except about five or six inches from the base, and weighed
15 1/2 lbs.
In the head the rudiments of the second horn, mentioned
by Fabricius and Cuvier, were not discernible.
Source: Parry, William, Third voyage
for the Discovery of a North-West Passage, Philadelphia: H. C. Carry
and I. Lea, 1826, p.169
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