In old Norse times, the thrones of the sea-loving Danish kings were fabricated, saith tradition, of the tusks of the narwhale
At greatest risk are those species that exist in, or require, a limited or specific habitat range, including the narwhale
, bowhead and beluga whales (above), for which sea-ice forms an important part of their habitat, and the vaquita porpoise, which has the smallest distribution of any cetacean, living only in the northern part of the Gulf of California.
And the set pieces certainly err towards the bizarre, like the sight of the hapless protagonists blowing up a stranded narwhale
, chunks of mammal blubber raining down on unsuspecting sunbathers.
This king sits on the deck of the Pequod on a "throne," or chair, made of the tusks of the narwhale
But also a Narwhale
, Narr being the German word for fool, and thus a foolish whale, at least according to public opinion, for one who goes against the crowd and its accepted wisdom is necessarily a kind of Ibsenian "Enemy of the People.