That’s one loooooong front tooth.
Photo was taken at The Cloisters in Manhattan. It’s a real narwhal tusk, which is actually the front tooth of the creature. The tusk was amazingly strong, and it was swirled like a seashell. It was also very old! Can you imagine a creature enduring life with such a large monstrosity projecting from it’s mouth? And I thought the saber-toothed tiger had it bad. Wow.
Anyway, I had a little fun with the idea of the narwhal tusk (and comparing it to the unicorn horn as many historians do) at my blog FreakyFrugalite.com.