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There Are 400 Million Tons of Krill in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean

Krill are chill when it comes to feeding the world. These small crustaceans come in numbers big enough to do the job.

Million Tons of Krill in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean   ©The Earth & I
  • “Krill” is a name used to describe about 86 species of crustaceans belonging to a group called euphausiids.

  • Antarctic krill is one of five krill species that lives in the Southern Ocean.

  • Krill can range in size from less than 1 cm in length to 6 cm for the largest krill species in the Southern Ocean. One deep-sea krill species can reach 14 cm.

  • There are about 400 million tons of Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean.

  • Krill can lay as many as 8000 eggs per brood.

  • Population densities can reach 30,000 individuals per cubic meter.

  • Krill adults may live from 5 to 10 years.

  • Krill can go as long as 200 days without food.

– Source: Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment


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