Iqalukjuaq, "the big fish", is only common off the east coast of Baffin Island. The Inuit of that area encountered this fish often, catching it when possible particularly in the spring for use as dog food and to prevent it from competing with them for other marine food, such as narwhal carcases. Some Inuit maintained that the shark was one of the most powerful helping spirits and the great shaman Aua claimed a shark among his protecting spirits. In Inuit mythology, the shark was said to live in the chamber of Sedna (Takannaaluk), the goddess of the sea creatures. This explained why its flesh tasted like urine (Randa 1994).