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Photo by @BrianSkerry | A pod of Narwhals, rest on the surface in the waters of the high arctic off Canada’s Navy Board Inlet. Narwhals are called the ‘unicorn whale’ due to their tusk, which is actually a canine tooth that protrudes from the animal’s lip. Male narwhal tusks can grow to lengths of nearly nine feet. I made this photo from a helicopter using a telephoto lens. We were flying at around midnight during the summer in the arctic where daylight is continuous. I spied these whales as they surfaced for a breath in the cold ocean and hoped they would linger a bit so that I could observe them longer. The sense of wildness before my eyes was extraordinary and I felt blessed to be in this specific place at this moment in time.
This region is changing rapidly however, as warming climate is effecting wildlife and indigenous cultures. In the not too distant future, I believe this place will look very different.

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