Kakilaak means smelt in Inuktitut.
Smelt have one thing going for them: there are lots and lots of them. Otherwise, they're small, easy to locate and easy to catch. They're a staple food for many larger fish, a common snack for many birds and a seasonal treat for humans. And since each smelt only provides a single bite of nourishment, they get eaten in large numbers. But, for each smelt that is eaten, another survives to spawn another day and keep the rivers and the sea full of slashing slivers of silver.
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