News tagged with krill

Why do Antarctic krill stocks fluctuate?

It is only six centimetres long, but it plays a major role in the Antarctic ecosystem: the small crustacean Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill). It's one of the world's most abundant species and the central diet of a number ...

dateJun 06, 2017 in Ecology
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New study reveals what penguins eat

The longest and most comprehensive study to date of what penguins eat is published this month. The study, published in the journal Marine Biology, examines the diets of gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) at Bird Island, South ...

dateFeb 15, 2017 in Plants & Animals
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Nature's ocean fertiliser

Scientists have discovered that Antarctic krill – a tiny shrimp-like crustacean – plays a key role in fertilising the Southern Ocean with iron, which stimulates the growth of phytoplankton, the microscopic plants at the ...

dateSep 20, 2016 in Environment
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Antarctic whales and the krill they eat

The Western Antarctic sector of the Southern Ocean is the regular feeding ground of a large number of fin and humpback whales of the Southern Hemisphere. Around 5,000 fin whales likely migrate to its ice-free waters during ...

dateMay 09, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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