Northeast Atlantic Shelf Marine
About the Area
This ecoregion is home to the Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus), Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina), Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea), Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus), Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida), Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus), and Capelin (Mallotus villosus).
Several species of whales are found in this productive region, including Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), Killer whale (Orcinus orca), Beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas), Narwhal (Monodon monoceros), Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), Northern bottlenose whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus), and the Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus).
Over fishing and pollution pose the greatest threats to this region.
Temperate Shelf and Seas
North Atlantic Ocean
What is so peculiar about the Narwhal?
The narwhal, while smaller than most other whales, has a tooth that can grow into a spiral tusk almost 9 feet (3 m) long. During the Middle Ages, the narwhal's tusk may have inspired tales of unicorns.