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Smithsonian eye on elusive narwhal

Dr. Martin Nweeia’s finding of narwhal tusk sensory function is featured in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum. Photo by Pamela Peeters

SHARON — After decades of research into the elusive narwhal, Sharon dentist Martin Nweeia and his team have created a major narwhal exhibit based on their Arctic expeditions. The exhibit was celebrated with an Aug. 3 opening at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The interactive exhibit will run until 2019.

Native to the Arctic and Greenland, a narwhal is a medium-sized whale, toothless except for a single straight tusk projecting forward through, not under, its upper lip.

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