Ikpiarjuujaq — Jellyfish

Ikpiarjuujaq, "that which looks like a sack", is frequently encountered on beaches in the Arctic. Their texture resembles the inside of an egg, but they are not edible. It is said that some Inuit placed the bodies of jellyfish on burns. In the poetic language, they are called "lights of the sea", because some jelly organisms light up at night and glow whenever a solid body, such as a seal or a kayak, passes by. Although they remain dark and invisible when undisturbed, it is possible to light up a whole group of them simply by stamping hard on the shoreline. One ancient legend told of a man who used to hunt at night by the light of the jellyfish (Randa 1994).