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Antarctic Cod
2008-11-14 17:43:36

The Antarctic Cod (Dissostichus mawsoni), also known as the Tootfish, is a species of fish of the family Nototheniidae. It produces antifreeze glycoprotein that allows it to live in the frigid waters off the coast of Antarctica. Its distribution range is generally below 65 degrees South. It is mainly caught in the Ross Sea in the austral summer but has also been recorded south of the Indian...

Leopard Seal
2007-08-10 17:31:37

The Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx), belongs to the seal family Phocidae. It is the only species in its genus. Leopard Seals are the second largest species of seal in the Antarctic (after Southern Elephant Seals), and are near the top of the Antarctic food chain. Orcas are the only natural predators of Leopard Seals. They can live twenty-six years, possibly more. Leopard seals are large...

Antarctic butterfish
2007-03-16 20:35:14

The Antarctic butterfish or Deep sea trevally, Hyperoglyphe antarctica, is a medusafish of the family Centrolophidae found in all the southern oceans, at depths of between 40 and 1,500 m. Its length is up to about 140 cm, with a maximum published weight of 60 kg. The Antarctic butterfish is similar to the Hapuku - it is completely unrelated but the confusion has given rise to another common...

Antarctic dragonfish
2007-02-25 20:50:43

The Antarctic dragonfish are a family, Bathydraconidae, of deep-sea perciform fish. They are benthopelagic fishes found in Antarctic waters. They are not fished commercially and little is known about them.

Antarctic Fur Seal
2007-02-13 15:47:10

The Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) is one of seven seals in the genus Arctocephalus. As its name suggests, the Antarctic Fur Seal is distributed in Antarctic waters. Around 95% of the world population breeds at South Georgia. It is named for the German naval vessel the SMS Gazelle that collected the first specimen from Kerguelen Island. The species is also known as the Kerguelen Fur...

Armless Flounder
2007-02-13 13:03:04

The armless flounder, Neoachiropsetta milfordi, is a southern flounder, the only species in the genus Neoachiropsetta. It is found in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters, in depths of between 328 and 3280 feet (100 and 1000 m), and grows to between 11.81 and 23.62 in (30 and 60 cm) in length. The armless flounder has both eyes on the left side of the head and lies on its right side. It has...

Emperor Penguin
2006-02-17 17:13:48

The Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is the largest of all penguins and is the only penguin that breeds at the height of winter in Antarctica. Emperor Penguins eat mainly crustaceans (such as krill) but will also occasionally indulge in small fish and squid. In the wild, Emperor Penguins typically live for 20 years, but some records indicate a maximum lifespan of around 40 years. (The...

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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