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Antarctic Krill—the Unsung Heroes of Climate Mitigation in the Southern Ocean

Antarctic krill—and more importantly, krill poop—are an important part of the global climate system. Unlike many species that migrate miles across the surface, krill migrate vertically, depositing their carbon-filled waste deep below the surface. This helps mitigate climate change, but they’re under threat from capture for use as fishmeal to feed aquaculture operations or oils…

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Bristlemouth dominance: How do we know?

By towing sampling nets over specific depth ranges, scientists are able to estimate the total amount of living things (biomass) and the number of different living things (biodiversity) in that region of the ocean. Recent press has crowned the bristlemouth fish the king of vertebrates, with estimates in the trillions or even quadrillions.  But how…

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Open Wide

The jaw of the loosejaw dragonfish (Photostomias goodyeari) is a marvel of the animal kingdom. It has no floor and is only attached by a hinge, a tendon, and a modified tongue bone. This series of images shows the incredible extent to which it can open it’s jaw—an indication of the size of the prey…

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