The Unicorn of the North
As spring advances the ice around the coast is starting to break.
The first cracks here are eagerly awaited by some… Narwhals. The Unicorns of the North are on a mission – to reach the new fishing grounds in the bays that have been frozen-up all winter, but are now opening up. To get to them, the Narwhals must travel down leads – temporary cracks in the ice. But these new roads could close at any time, cutting off the air that they need to breathe.
The frozen waterfalls start to weaken.
The road narrows until there’s barely room for one-way traffic. Then, a surprise… Narwhals coming from the other direction. It’s a stand-off. Each team faces an armoury of sharp tusks. Finally, one side concedes and everyone continues in the same direction.
Within a week, the remaining bays break wide open, and the Narwhals turn their attention to social matters.
No-one knows exactly what the Narwhal’s tusk is for. Some say it’s used for fencing, yet these exchanges are too gentle to be real fights.
Perhaps these encounters are to remind each animal of where it stands in Narwhal society.