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An unusual skull arrived at a
museum in Denmark in 1990. The
skull came from a hunter, who said
it had belonged to a weird-looking sea
creature. Recently, scientists decided
to take a closer look at the old skull
with new technology. It turned
out to be a narluga—an unusual
cross of two different species.
The animal’s father was a beluga whale.
Its mother was a narwhal. The
researchers figured out its
identity by stud
DNA from the
skull and teeth.
Male narwhals usually have just
one tooth, which grows out of the
front of the animal’s head like a
unicorn horn. Belugas have lots
of teeth. The narluga had an inbetween number of teeth, some
pointing forward like a narwhal tusk.
Scientists have never seen an animal
quite like it…