IMAGES: Krill Stuff

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1459
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1459a

This critter is the classic antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, the 55- millimeter-long copepod that whales trek south from the tropics to feast on. At this krill site,* you can zoom in on details such as the delicately ribbed plankton filter and compound eyes of krill and another specimen, a species of amphipod. The shrimplike creatures were photographed aboard an ice-breaking research vessel journeying through the Southern Ocean.

To see more antarctic sea life, check out this field guide describing a whole menagerie of cold-loving animals and plants, from sponges to jellyfish to diatoms. Also don't miss a professional photographer's amazing shots of the eerie, blue-green world below the frozen sea surface.

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