Humans are also part of the Arctic dance of life. The Inuit have lived here for thousands of years. They've mastered the art of hunting and tracking animals across the shifting ice.
The Arctic's strangest citizen is surely the narwhal. The male narwhal's extraordinary1 tusk, up to three meters long, inspired2 legends3 of unicorns long ago. Narwhals brave the dangerous, shifting ice sheets to search for cod, but Inuit hunters brave them for narwhals. They may not be magical,4 but narwhal tusks are worth lots of money.
Whether they catch a male or female narwhal, the Inuit waste nothing. Whale meat, especially the vitamin C-rich skin, is an essential5 part of the Inuit diet. Whale skin eaten raw is something like Arctic sushi.
As the Arctic summer ends, the ice takes back the lead from the sun. The cod swim away; the ice sheets freeze over again. The Arctic becomes a nearly sunless land for eight months. Life slows down until the sun returns next spring. Then, the sun will lead the ice in the dance of life again.
1. extraordinary adj. very different, special, or unusual 独特的
Diamonds are extraordinary because they are beautiful and rare.
2. inspire v. to give rise to sth. 引发
That book about boats inspired me to learn how to sail.
3. legend n. an old and often untrue story 传说
We have all heard the legend about the monster who lives in Spooky Forest.
4. magical adj. possessing strong, mysterious powers 有魔力的
A witch offered me a magical ring that could make all my wishes come true.
5. essential adj. absolutely necessary 绝对必要的
Water and sunlight are essential for plants to stay alive.