Animals can’t just pack up and leave if they don’t like the weather of their habitat. Their instincts don’t allow it. Many of them have had to evolve to be able to handle the extreme climate. The following 15 animals are some of the most incredible on the planet and thrive in environs that we would never be able to survive in.

Narwhal

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Narwhals are an arctic specialist! They live in the arctic ocean exclusively and let the cool waters soothe them as they swim and play in them. The Narwhal is a whale that has some interesting features and is very distinctive, though it’s pretty rare.

Narwhals are most famous for one very impressive feature. Their spiral tusk is incredible. Now a lot of people think it’s a horn and that somehow these are the “unicorns of the sea”. However, that’s just not the case. The tusk is actually a canine tooth. This tooth grows through the jaw and through the narwhals lip until it pokes out. While the standard is that one tusk grows from a male, there’s some special occasions too. What’s crazy is that some females also grow their tusks out! About 15% manage that feat. Beyond that some males actually grow two tusks instead of one! If you’re looking for the supremely rare case, of the rare females who grow a tusk, a very rare female can grow two tusks.

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Narwhals do have one weakness to the ice. As whales, they need to surface for air. However because they live in the arctic and are submerged for so long, sometimes they may swim into areas that are completely iced over. When that’s the case there’s a chance that these wonderful whales may suffocate. If there’s no way they can break through the ice, they have a very limited amount of time to find themselves another location to get some air. This may not be a serious issue for some whales that are constantly near the surface, but the narwhal is an expert diver! They don’t just dive a little bit underwater. Narwhals prefer the deep dive! They like to dive down between 2500 and 5000 feet many times during the day! These long periods of diving lend themselves to their accidental ice traps.


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