“Unless the Inuit win this court case, seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait will begin later this year. Then thousands of narwhals and other Arctic wildlife will perish and a millennium-long native culture will disappear in the speedy and greedy search for profits.”
The narwhal played a key role in a centuries-old deception when its tusk masqueraded as the fabulous ‘healing’ horn of the unicorn. Now it faces a threat from a different kind of profiteering. PETER FROST investigates
You may want to be sitting down when you start reading this article. Don’t, whatever you do, let small and impressionable young children get their hands on it.
What I am about to tell you is sure to shock. Let’s get it over with. There are not now, nor have there ever been unicorns.
All right, I know you have read about them, heard poems about them even seen them in films but trust me, they don’t actually exist.
They never did, but that didn’t stop them becoming the most important and most frequently mentioned imaginary animal in history. Christian fundamentalists lean over backward to explain the five mentions of unicorns in the bible.
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