Now then, I feel a little silly. I am a grown-up, well-educated woman of the world, or so I thought. I was recently left open-mouthed in astonishment watching David Attenborough’s marvellous series Frozen Planet, to find out that a species which I believed to be entirely fictional, the stuff of whimsy and myth, is in fact…a real animal. I am talking dear reader of the Narwhal.
I am used to seeing the many plush versions out there like these by Skunkboy Creatures, Little Bearries and Casscette respectively, and had always been amused and delighted by their part whale, part unicorn cuteness. It never even crossed my cotton-candy little brain that this might actually be a real creature. I had some vague (and now proven to be incorrect) idea that I may have read the name in one of the Lord of the Rings volumes alongside beasts like the Oliphaunt and the Warg and to be fair, they would probably have fitted right in.
So it seems my grasp on reality has shifted ever so slightly in finding out that a whale with a ridiculously long, spiralling horn is actually out there, swimming around. As my friend Emily said when I told her about my discovery, “Doesn’t it make you think that Unicorns might have actually existed?”……..