During the last decade, Joseph Meehan served as expedition and documentary photographer in the early years of a groundbreaking study by Dr. Martin Nweeia to determine the function of the extraordinary tusk of the Arctic Narwhal. For centuries, myths and misconceptions have surrounded the purpose of this completely unique structure. The tusk is actually a one of a kind spiral shaped tooth most prominently erupting out of the jaws of males to lengths as much as eight feet thus earning the title, “Unicorn of the Sea”.
Meehan will take the audience on a visual journey recorded during three expeditions through the stunning landscapes of the high Canadian Arctic, the western coastline of Greenland and out through ice fields to that country’s northern islands. He will also show candid portraits of the Inuit hunters who were interviewed, often in their homes, for their knowledge of the Narwhal gained over lifetimes and passed down through generations. This includes those Inuit whom Meehan worked and lived with for periods of time. Meehan will explain what he learned about these Northern peoples, their unique world and its wildlife while recounting the challenges of photographing in less than ideal weather conditions.