1. Here's how the 'unicorns of the sea' got their tusks  CNN
  2. For narwhals, the 'unicorn of the seas,' size matters for sexual selection  Phys.org
  3. Big tusks are sexy, if you're a narwhal  CNET
  4. How the narwhal got its tusk: to impress the ladies  The Times
  5. Study explains what makes “unicorns of the sea” so sexy  Inverse
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Showy peacock feathers, extravagant elk antlers and powerful crayfish claws are just a few examples of the ostentatious animal extremes used to compete for and attract mates, a process called sexual selection.

For narwhals, the 'unicorn of the seas,' size matters for sexual selection

I like big tusks and I cannot lie. You other narwhals can deny.I like big tusks and I cannot lie. You other narwhals can deny.

Big tusks are sexy, if you're a narwhal - CNET

FEMALE narwhals who seek a mate are attracted to males with the biggest horns, an expert says. And narwhal fellas like to wave their tusks about as “a sexual weapon” when fighting other males over …

Female narwhals are attracted to males with the biggest horns – which they use as ‘sexual weapons’ – The Sun

“"Scientists say male narwhals use their unicorn-like tusks for mating rituals and combat with rivals." (which I think we knew). Or to make it sound better (cc @TheSun ) "Female narwhals are attracted to males with the biggest horns – which they use as ‘SEXUAL WEAPONS’" https://t.co/hMzljqykDo”

Chris Berrow on Twitter: ""Scientists say male narwhals use their unicorn-like tusks for mating rituals and combat with rivals." (which I think we knew). Or to make it sound better (cc @TheSun ) "Female narwhals are attracted to males with the biggest horns – which they use as ‘SEXUAL WEAPONS’"… https://t.co/VI3V5sLr6Z"

“We interrupt your regularly scheduled twitter doom and gloom to bring you: Bigger Narwhal tusks are sexier than small Narwhal tusks. Size matters. Ladies leave your tusk stories below. https://t.co/Hk5jz15N19”

jackson ryan 🙏 on Twitter: "We interrupt your regularly scheduled twitter doom and gloom to bring you: Bigger Narwhal tusks are sexier than small Narwhal tusks. Size matters. Ladies leave your tusk stories below. https://t.co/Hk5jz15N19"

The tusks of narwhals have long held people entranced. Enterprising Vikings once sold them as unicorn horns, charging enormous sums. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have bought one for £10,000 — enoughThe tusks of narwhals have long held people entranced. Enterprising Vikings once sold them as unicorn horns, charging enormous sums. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have bought one for £10,000 — enough

When it comes to romance, size really does matter.When it comes to romance, size really does matter.

For narwhals, a big tusk means a sexual advantage

Showy peacock feathers, extravagant elk antlers and powerful crayfish claws are just a few examples of the ostentatious animal extremes used to compete for and attract mates, a process called sexual selection. Now, thanks to Arizona State University researcher Zackary Graham and his colleagues, we can add the 'unicorn of the seas,' the narwhal, to the list. Graham is the lead author of a new study which demonstrates the best evidence to date that the narwhal tusk functions as a sexual trait.Showy peacock feathers, extravagant elk antlers and powerful crayfish claws are just a few examples of the ostentatious animal extremes used to compete for and attract mates, a process called sexual selection. Now, thanks to Arizona State University researcher Zackary Graham and his colleagues, we can add the 'unicorn of the seas,' the narwhal, to the list. Graham is the lead author of a new study which demonstrates the best evidence to date that the narwhal tusk functions as a sexual trait.

For narwhals, the 'unicorn of the seas,' size matters for sexual selection | EurekAlert! Science News