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Traditional whale hunting, Greenland

Traditional whale hunting, Greenland

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LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Traditional whale hunting, Greenland. Inuit hunter cutting skin and blubber, known as muktuk, and meat from a narwhal (Monodon monoceros). It was hunted using traditional kayak and harpoon. Narwhals and other whales provide important sources of nutrition in areas deprived of fresh fruit and vegetables. The muktuk can be eaten raw, cooked or dried and is high in vitamin A, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids. Whale meat is rich in protein and iron. Narwhal hunting is also an important source income for coastal Inuit populations in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. Narwhal tusks are sold either whole or made into ivory souvenirs.

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