It’s not just the polar bears in trouble!

the Arctic mammal at greatest risk due to global warming is the narwhal. The medium-sized whale has evolved specifically to live in small cracks in parts of the Arctic where it’s 99 percent heavy ice, said study lead author Kristin Laidre of the University of Washington.

Sometimes known as the corpse whale, the narwhal has a long spiral tusk. Laidre acknowledged they are “not that cute,” which makes it harder to interest the public in their plight. Stanford University biologist Terry Root said she is afraid the narwhal “is going to be one of the first to go extinct” from global warming.

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~ by ashleebones on April 27, 2008.

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