Vermont for Wildlife
There is a global trade in teeth and tusks from whales.
Narwhals are often targeted. These Arctic whales are often called “unicorns” of the sea because of their prominent, spiraled tusk (a tooth). While indigenous people in the Arctic hunt the animals for food, there is concern that will shift and they will be killed specifically for their teeth. A study by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society found that shops in Japan were selling ground narwhal tusk as a tonic to treat fever, measles, venereal disease as well as general pain relief.
The other ivory trade: Narwhal, walrus and... mammoth
Inside the US-Canadian Smuggling Ring for Narwhal Tusks
Breaking the Ice: The International Trade in Narwhals, in the context of a changing Arctic
Tusks of Whimsical-Looking Whales Lead to Charges for 2 in a Maine Courtroom
Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Sperm Whale Teeth