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2008-02-25 12:35:00

Krill living and feeding down to depths of 3,000 metersScientists have discovered Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) living and feeding down to depths of 3000 meters in the waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. Until now this shrimp-like crustacean was thought to live only in the upper ocean. The discovery completely changes scientists' understanding of the major food source for fish, squid, penguins, seals and whales. Reporting this week in the journal Current Biology, scientists from...

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2008-02-16 00:00:00

An army of voracious giant crabs is on the brink of invading the shallow seas off Antarctica, where an array of unique, almost prehistoric sealife has evolved for millions of years without any predators. Scientists warned yesterday that global warming was raising the temperature of the seas, allowing the crabs to creep ever higher up the slope leading to the continental shelf. These waters, whose temperature is about freezing point, are home to fish with anti-freeze proteins in...

2006-04-18 16:24:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A crew member of an Antarctic research ship was missing and presumed dead after apparently falling overboard in rough weather, the National Science Foundation said on Tuesday. The foundation's research vessel Laurence M. Gould was traveling from Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula to Punta Arenas, Chile, when the crewman was discovered missing on Monday. Weather and sea conditions were harsh, with winds gusting between 20 and 40 knots, equivalent to 23...


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Antarctic Silverfish, Pleuragramma antarcticum
2012-04-02 17:14:35

The Antarctic Silverfish, (Pleuragramma antarcticum), is a member of the Notothenioidei family of fish. It is widely distributed around the Antarctic, but has largely disappeared from the western side of the northern Antarctic Peninsula based on 2010 research funded by the National Science Foundation. It is also found throughout the Southern Ocean. It grows to an average size of 6 inches, but has been known to reach lengths of up to 10 inches. It is usually pink with a silver tint, and...

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