Save the Narwhal from Extinction

Pod of narwhals, northern Canada, August 2005. Image courtesy of Kristin Laidre.

Target: Marco Lambertini, CEO of the World Wildlife Fund

Goal: Save the severely endangered narwhal from the brink of extinction.

The unique and mysterious narwhal is being hunted to extinction for its meat and tusks. The creature’s population has dropped below 80,000 in recent years. The number only keeps dropping as the hunts continue, and if we do not put a stop to them the animal could soon go extinct.

The narwhal is not as widely publicized as the whale or the shark, but they are amazing creatures. Termed “the unicorn of the sea,” they can dive 2,600 feet underwater and stay there for 25 minutes at a time. They can live up to 50 years, an impressive life expectancy for a sea mammal. Their tusks are made of valuable ivory, which some countries are doing their best to ban, but people are still finding ways around the ban and hunting this species to death.

This species is already mythical enough due to existing mainly in the Arctic seas, but if we do not put a stop to the hunts soon, these wonderful animals will someday be a true legend. We must stop poachers from killing this species for the sake of exotic meat and the already problematic ivory trade. Sign this petition to help save narwhals from extinction.


Dear Mr. Lambertini,

Narwhals are being hunted at an alarming rate. Their population has dropped to below 80,000 and keeps going lower. People hunt these magnificent creatures for their meat and their tusks, even though we have been trying to stamp out the trade and sale of ivory in recent years. Their meat and blubber are considered a delicacy, but exotic dining is not worth the life of a beautiful creature.

Please take steps to put a stop to the hunting of this beautiful species. These creatures are considered legendary enough already, and if people continue to hunt them they will truly be a legend. Implement stronger protection laws, enforce a ban on hunting in the Arctic seas. These creatures should be considered a treasure, not a source of food or pretty material. Help us push for the protection of the narwhal so that they may have a brighter future.


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Photo Credit: Dr. Kristin Laidre

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