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角鲸——海中独角兽

Narwhals: The Unicorns of the Sea! | Nat Geo WILD

CHILD: Narwhals are mythical creatures related to unicorns.
角鲸是与独角兽有关的一种神兽
They have a magical horn that grants wishes
他们有着可以实现愿望的魔法触角
and they love rainbows, and–
他们喜欢彩虹 还有……
NARRATOR: No, no, no, no, that’s not right.
不不不 这些都不对
There are lots of misconceptions and mystery
有很多与角鲸相关的
surrounding narwhals.
误解和奥秘
Let’s start with the horn.
让我们先从它的触角说起
It’s not a horn.
这不是触角
It’s the narwhal’s left front tooth.
这是它的左门牙
And it’s not growing out of the forehead.
还有这颗牙齿并不是从额头上长出来的
It grows out of the lip.
是从嘴唇上长出来的
Other animals have teeth or tusks that grow outside
有一些动物的牙齿或獠牙也长在嘴巴外面
of the mouth, like elephants and walrus,
比如大象和海象
but their tusks are curved.
但它们的獠牙是弯曲的
The narwhal tooth is the only straight tusk in the world.
角鲸的牙齿是世界上唯一笔直的长牙
It’s also one of the few teeth that is a spiral shape.
也是为数不多的螺旋形牙齿之一
The tooth grows in a counterclockwise spiral.
这颗牙以逆时针螺旋方向生长
And it is flexible and can bend a foot in any direction
十分灵活 可以向任何方向弯曲
without breaking.
不会断裂
But that’s not all.
但还不止这些
The tooth is actually inside out compared to other animals.
相对于其他动物 这颗牙长反了
All the nerves are on the outside, which is a good reason
这颗牙的神经全在外面 这便可以很好地解释
that narwhals wouldn’t want to use their sensitive tooth
为什么独角鲸不愿将他们敏感的牙齿
as a sword.
作为攻击的利器
In fact, narwhals have never been witnessed
事实上 从未有人见过角鲸
using their tusks to fight.
用他们的长齿去战斗
It is hard to know exactly what the tusk is used for,
人们很难明确角鲸长齿的具体用途
because narwhals do not survive in captivity.
因为被圈养的角鲸无法存活
Current theories suggest the tusk could be used to determine
目前的理论认为角鲸的长齿也许可以决定
social rank, impress the ladies, or communicate
角鲸的社会地位 吸引异性
information about the water it has traveled through.
或者可以用来相互交换游经水域的信息
Narwhals migrate seasonally and travel
角鲸有迁移习性
in pods through arctic waters.
他们在北极水域中成群迁徙
Summers are often spent in the shallow, ice-free waters
夏天他们往往在靠近海岸的
closer to the coast.
无冰浅水域中活动
During the winter, they stay in a smaller area
在冬天 他们的活动范围更小
and live among the shifting ice and cracks.
生活在浮冰以及裂缝之中
Their underwater life is very secretive.
他们在水下的生活是十分神秘的
No one has reported seeing narwhals
没有人报道称见过角鲸
eat or mate underwater.
在水下进食或交配
The mysterious narwhal has inspired
神秘的角鲸
myths around the world.
成了全世界神话故事的脚本
In the Middle Ages, the narwhal tusk
在中世纪 角鲸的长牙
was sold as a unicorn horn.
会被当做独角兽的触角进行售卖
Physicians believed it could cure the plague,
医生认为角鲸的长牙可以治疗瘟疫
increase virility, detect poison,
增强男子精气 检测毒性
and even raise the dead.
甚至可以起死回生
No wonder it was worth 10 times its weight in gold
毫无疑问 这颗牙齿的价值比角鲸自身重量的十倍黄金还要高
and one of the most coveted substances in Europe.
成了在欧洲最令人垂涎的物质之一
It is said that thrones of Danish kings,
据说丹麦国王的宝座
utensils of French royalty, and thanes’ scepters
法国皇室器皿以及贵族的权杖
were all the left front tooth of this mystical marvel.
都是这一神秘物种的左门牙
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视频主要介绍了角鲸牙齿的特征,用途以及价值,还简单介绍了角鲸的生活习性。

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