Early release for murderer who used narwhal tusk to foil London attack: media Read full article Steven Gallant and other members of the public were hailed as heroes for preventing even greater loss of life during the November 2019 Fishmongers' Hall attack LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has approved a rare royal pardon for an inmate convicted of murder who used a narwhal tusk to help stop a terrorist attack in which two people were killed before the assailant was killed by police on London Bridge. Khan, who was wearing a fake suicide vest, was shot dead by police. Mr Frost, who works in communications at the Ministry of Justice, told how he grabbed the narwhal tusk from the wall in Fishmongers' Hall as Khan launched his attack during a prisoner rehabilitation event near London Bridge. While the footage confirms one theory of how narwhals use their tusks, they may be used for other purposes as well, such as for ice picks, weapons, sexual selection, or as a tool for echolocation. In the video footage, he is seen using the spray from the extinguisher to blind Khan, while Mr Frost held him back with the narwhal tusk. A hero civil servant who used a narwhal tusk to tackle the Fishmongers' Hall terrorist has wept as he described leaving a rose at the scene for the knifeman who tried to kill him. Mr Frost, who has lived in the UK for 14 years, revealed how some of those hurt refused treatment until others more seriously wounded were helped. Marianne Marcoux, a research scientist for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, noted that drones have been an innovative tool for studying these elusive animals. "This is an entirely new observation of how the tusk is used.". All narwhal tusk orders come complete with any required documentation, such as: One of the biggest threats narwhals face is industrial development. Speaking to the PA news agency, Mr Frost said he was attending the rehabilitation event with colleagues when he heard a commotion downstairs. © 2020 BBC. No-deal Navy threat 'irresponsible' - Tory MP, US faces bleak winter amid worst Covid wave yet, Trump's latest, legal longshot doomed by Supreme Court, Covid: Homeless left struggling for shelter. Perhaps a narwhal uses its tusk to check the weather forecast and then steer clear of the colder and saltier water. Laforest, however, thinks they may be especially important as sensory organs. Addressing the public, he said he hoped "the part I played in these terrible events can be used for good". While some attendees provided first aid to the victims, others tried to stop Khan using chairs, fire extinguishers and, famously, a narwhal tusk. CALGARY — A more than four-decade-old narwhal tusk found in a Goodwill donation pile is about to get a new home at the University of Calgary. He said he was "eternally grateful" to everyone who came to help, and thanked the emergency services. He joined Mr Frost and others in following Khan out of the building but his injuries forced him to stop at bollards at the end of the bridge. The South African-born Londoner then chased Khan onto the bridge, where footage captured him and fellow members of the public fending off the attacker. In fact, when people found the horn of a dead narwhal washed up on shore, they thought that they had found the horn of a unicorn. The whole narwhal tusk can be incorporated into artwork or sculpture, or the tusk can be divided into sections suitable for use in ivory art. Three quarters of the world's population can be found in neighboring Lancaster Sound, which is being considered by the Canadian government for a protected area. The civil servant has spoken of his "deep hurt" at not being able to save Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones who were killed by Khan on 29 November. Mr Frost handed the tusk to the man next to him before heading back upstairs to find another one. They were also attending the conference organised by the university's programme called Learning Together. On 29 November 2019, a man with knives went on the attack in the London Bridge area. They are one of the only animals whose food web is completely dependent upon sea ice, and thus uniquely susceptible to warming waters. Brandon Laforest, a senior specialist of Arctic species and ecosystems with WWF-Canada, explained why narwhals have been such a mysterious species. Mr Frost said that after reading about the work of Ms Jones and Mr Merritt he is "convinced they represent all that is good in the world" and said he "will always feel the deep hurt of not being able to save them". "He turned and spoke to me, then indicated he had an explosive device around his waist. Narwhal tusks are prized, as harvested, for their natural beauty, but their ivory is also used in the creation of narwhal tusk ivory art. To … Frost used the rare narwhal tusk that he grabbed from the wall to help subdue Khan even though the attacker claimed to be about to detonate a suicide vest, which turned out to be a fake device with no explosives. Long ago, narwhal sightings probably reinforced (or started) the unicorn legends. The terrorist was shot dead moments later. I took a narwhal tusk from the wall and used it to defend myself and others from the attacker. This behavior immobilizes the fish, making them easier to prey upon. Phone footage from the day shows Darryn Frost fighting off Usman Khan with a … Lukasz used the 1.5 metre-long narwhal tusk to “charge towards the bad guy,” according to Williamson. "Another man was holding the attacker at bay with a wooden chair. And the guy with the tusk has been able to give him a prod which has unbalanced him.". Crilly said: "The spray distracted him if you watch the footage. He assembled a team of international investigators to understand the function of the narwhal's unusual protuberance. He appealed for privacy to continue his recovery and urged the press to use its "amazing ability to connect with people" as a force for good to "unify this country". He said he then grabbed the decorative whale tusk, which had been hanging on a wall: "A few of us rushed to the scene. 2020 National Geographic Partners, LLC. Narwhals are an endangered species, with most of them residing in remote areas of Canada. Threats to narwhals also impact the northern Inuit community, which depend on the animals for food and crafts that support their livelihoods. The tusk is a left canine tooth protruding from the heads of males and can grow as long as nine feet. "They don't jump like other whales. The tusk is actually a tooth that spirals out of the upper jaw on male narwhals, and can extend to … As mineral extraction and tourism increases in their habitats, they face a greater likelihood of being struck by shipping vessels. Until now, how narwhals used their long tusks had been subject to much speculation by scientists. We think you will agree that these mysterious whales are a unique and precious part of the diverse fauna of the Arctic seas. London Bridge attack: Reformed prisoner who fought knifeman 'prepared to die', Covid: Homeless left struggling for shelter. In the summer, several groups come together, forming larger aggregations which can contain from 500 to over 1000 individuals. Researchers have speculated that the tusk… Narwhal tusks are objects of natural beauty, and on their own are suitable for display. Previous aerial observations were conducted by small planes that often provided an incomplete view or frightened the animals. Using a combination of genetics and habitat modelling, Ferguson and other scientists investigated how past climatic shifts affected the distribution of the narwhal, one of the Arctic species most vulnerable to climate change. A NARWHAL tusk and a fire extinguisher was used by heroic members of the public to tackle the London Bridge attacker, identified as 28-year-old Usman Khan, on Friday. We called out to warn the public of the danger and, after a struggle, managed to restrain him to the ground. The narwhal is a medium-sized whale that possesses a large 'tusk' from a protruding canine tooth 'This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences. After Khan produced two knives and attacked conference co-ordinators Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, Gallant was handed an ornamental 5ft narwhal tusk from a wall to use as a … "Not only do I want to thank those who confronted the attacker, but also those who put themselves in danger to tend to the injured, relying on us to protect them while they cared for others.". At this point, the man next to me threw his chair at the attacker, who then started running towards him with knives raised above his head.". The new footage is also significant for conservation efforts because it shows that narwhals feed in the waters in their summer waters. A hero was seen ripping a 5ft narwhal tusk off a wall to fight off the London Bridge knife attacker as terror struck the heart of the capital. Narwhals normally congregate in groups of about five to ten, and sometimes up to 20 individuals outside the summer. .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}London Bridge attack: Reformed prisoner who fought knifeman 'prepared to die', London Bridge: What we know about the attack, London Bridge survivor: 'I saw things I will never unsee', World needs to declare 'climate emergency' - UN. 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The footage was shot by two drones in Tremblay Sound, Nunavat, in Canada's far Northeastern regions by Adam Ravetch for the World Wildlife Fund Canada and researchers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Next up for the researchers is helping pinpoint critical narwhal calving areas, which may further aid plans to protect them. "Another man was holding the attacker at bay with a wooden chair. Cambridge University graduates Ms Jones, 23, and Mr Merritt, 25, were stabbed to death in the attack. Read about our approach to external linking. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}A man has described how he fought off the London Bridge knifeman with a narwhal tusk before pinning him to the ground to help end the attack. The UN secretary general has called on all countries to declare a climate emergency. Mr Frost said he had left out details of the attack out of respect for the victims, their families and the ongoing investigation and inquests. Laforest, working with officials from the Canadian government, spent time camped in the narwhal's winter habitat. He said another man used a chair as a weapon in the desperate struggle. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Three others - a man and two women - were also injured in the attack. The right canine stays embedded, and no other teeth protrude from the inside of their mouths; narwhals instead use suction to swallow their prey whole. Mr Frost, a civil servant, used a narwhal tusk to stab Khan - who was armed with two knives while wearing a fake suicide vest. 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Scientists previously believed they fed exclusively in their winter waters around the southern portion of Baffin Island. © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society, © 2015- He was armed with another makeshift weapon - a pole - and was stabbed five times as he confronted Khan alongside Mr Frost. Underwater noise from this development also interferes with their ability to communicate. He said: "Along with others, I pursued the attacker, tusk in hand, onto the bridge. The narwhal tusk is "essentially built inside out." Groups may be "nurseries" with only females and young, or can contain only post-dispersal juveniles or adult males ("bulls"), but mixed groups can occur at any time of year. I took a narwhal tusk from the wall and used it to defend myself and others from the attacker. In the footage of the altercation, Mr Frost can be seen grappling with Khan on the ground before being pulled away by an officer - seconds before police shot the attacker. The tusk is not used in hunting. I ran down the stairs, stood next to the man with the chair, and the two of us confronted the attacker.". In males, the tusk protrudes from the upper, left lip. Filmed near Nunavut, Canada, a narwhal can be seen tapping a fish with its tusk. Drone footage of wild narwhals has revealed that the whales use their tusks to hunt fish. Until now, how narwhals used their long tusks had been subject to much speculation by scientists. Mr Frost, whose identity was unknown until now, can be seen pinning Khan to the ground before being pulled away by a police officer. "At that point I was trying to isolate the blades by holding his wrists so that he could not hurt anyone or set off the device.". Because of the remote regions in which narwhals live, visual confirmation of their behavior has been difficult to ascertain. The narwhal tusk is actually one of two teeth. Climate changes also may impact the species. In medieval times, the narwhal’s tusk was invested with magic powers: ground up as a powder it was thought to protect monarchs against poisoning. "Drones are very exciting, we can see things we couldn't see before," said Marcoux. 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