Polar Art & Exotics, Inc. is a Canadian owned and operated company specializing in products from the Canadian North. We have many years of experience with buying items like narwhal tusks and walrus skulls and tusks from the Canadian North.
We are knowledgeable about proper export processes involving CITES regulated items and are have exported products to many countries including: Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
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Purchases of Narwhal and Walrus Products within Canada
Given the extensive regulations governing the purchase, sale, ownership, and transportation of narwhal and walrus products, we are very careful about purchasing from individuals.
Narwhal tusks must have a marine mammal tag and transportation permit and a clear record of ownership. If you meet these requirements, please feel free to forward us pictures of your tusk, tag, and transportation permit along with the length, condtion, your location (e.g., Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton) and a realistic price you are hoping to get. We will do our best to respond promptly. We do not buy tusks without a marine mammal tag and paperwork.
Please see the following link for more information on the laws regarding narwhal tusks in Canada:
Please note that
14. No person shall buy, sell, trade, barter or possess a narwhal tusk unless the licence under the authority of which the narwhal was taken is attached to the tusk.
The license is the Marine Mammal Tag. If you have a tusk without a tag (even if your grandfather gave it to you), we are not interested in buying this and technically it is illegal for you to possess the tusk. We have been advised by an officer from Fisheries & Oceans that if you find in your attic an AK-47 and a narwhal tusk without a tag, you can most likely take the AK-47 to the police and turn this in without problem, but if you report the narwhal tusk to Fisheries & Oceans they will charge you with breaking the law and seize the tusk.
Please note that it is also illegal to "find" a tusk on the beach in the Arctic from a narwhal that died a natural death and was not hunted. Do not take these tusks (or other marine mammal products) into the Ministry for Natural Resources asking if you can keep this as they will charge you with possessing a tusk without a tag.
The requirement of the marine mammal tag to be with the tusk is a legal requirement of Fisheries & Oceans Canada through the Fisheries Act and the Marine Mammal Regulations and is unrelated to CITES.
We frequently get inquiries from customers looking for appraisals for insurance purposes. The charge is C$125.00 + HST for a written appraisal for one item such as a narwhal or walrus tusk. The charge is C$175.00 + HST for a written appraisal for two items. We will need five or six pictures of the item, measurements, condition, and any special notes. We will need your address and phone number to prepare a PayPal invoice for you to pay against prior to issuing the appraisal letter.
Paul Crosby is the only person at Polar Art & Exotics, Inc. authorized to speak with members of the press.
Recent quotes concerning changes in the method for tagging tusks can be found in the Toronto Star on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 on page A6.