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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. Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) carcass on the shore. It was caught by Inuit hunters using traditional kayak and harpoon and then butchered for its skin and blubber, known as muktuk, and for it's meat, which can be eaten raw or dried. Narwhal hunting is an important source of food and cash income for coastal Inuit populations in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. Narwhal tusks are sold either whole or made into ivory souvenirs. Narwhal muktuk and meat provides an important source of vitamins, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and iron in areas deprived of fresh fruit and vegetables.

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