Latest Ross Sea Stories
You might think of emperor penguins as hardy little birds, capable of handling the most unforgiving temperatures – but a new study shows that the last ice age decimated the Antarctic emperor penguin population.
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The near-threatened Adélie penguin population has started to recover, as scientists conducting the first-ever global census of the creatures claim that the number of breeding pairs is over 50 percent higher than previously believed.
The Ross Sea is a major, biologically productive ecosystem in the Antarctic, which "clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change" in the coming decades as longer periods of ice-free open water are created by rising temperatures and changing wind patterns.
Russia has blocked attempts to establish marine reserves in the Ross Sea and Eastern Antarctica, preventing the formation of what would have become the world's largest ocean sanctuary.
A joint team of UK and Australian researchers has found that two separate groups of Antarctic octopuses, from the Ross and Weddell seas on different sides of the continent, are almost genetically identical.
Researcher Walker Smith of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, has been conducting shipboard studies of biological productivity in Antarctica's Ross Sea for the last three decades.
Will Adelie Penguins, attempting to cope with climate change, go extinct because they canâ€™t find food in the darkness of the Antarctic winter?
Researchers found surprisingly large creatures and several potentially new specimens in New Zealandâ€™s Antarctic Ross Sea, including jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles and 2-foot-wide starfish.
- Large; stout; burly.