Subject: Horned Whales/walruses?

Aldemaro Romero (aRomero@herald.infi.net)
Wed, 11 Mar 1998 23:04:15 -0500

> Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 20:21:02 -0500 (EST)
> From: Cemather <Cemather@aol.com>
> To: aRomero@ACC.FAU.EDU, pita@whale.wheelock.edu
> Subject: Horned Whales/walruses
> 
> Is there or was there a whale or walrus that had a long horn protruding from
> its head?

There is not such a thing as a "horned" marine mammal.  However, the
myth of the sea unicorn is probably based on the Narwhal, a toothed
whale in which (usually) the male has an overgrown (up to more than 3
meters in length) tooth that is apparently used only during sexual
competition with other males.

Best wishes,

Aldemaro Romero, Ph.D.