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Antarctic Krill (Euphausia Superba) are tiny creatures found in the icy cold oceans around Antarctica. Although krill don’t grow larger than your pinky, they are really just about the biggest thing in the ocean!

Krill Rule!

Baleen Whales—the largest animals on the planet—feed almost exclusively on krill (so just imagine how many krill there have to be in the ocean to keep up with the demands of all those whales!). They are also a primary source of food for other marine life, including penguins and fish. And still there are so many krill in the oceans that when they swarm together they can be seen from outer space!

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A screenshot from the puzzle game showing a drawing of a road sign covered in snow. Antarctic Puzzle

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Fun facts
  • Krill can go for up to 200 days without eating.
  • Krill float together in huge swarms that can be seen from outer space.
  • These tiny guys have crazy defensive techniques.
    • Not only do they swarm together (do you think they're trying to look big to scare of their predators?),but they can swim backwards to escape danger.
    • The weirdest thing of all—they can swim right out of their skins, instantly molting and leaving their old exoskeletons behind as a decoy!
Interesting Facts:
  • 0
    number of
    govern-
    ments

    that rule Antarctica

  • 10
    number of years krill can
    live

  • 1,000

    Average Antarctic human population

    in

    the winter

  • Krill is more than
    twice
    the total weight of all humans
    on earth

  • 10

    Number of

    human babies

    born in Antarctica


  • the size, in inches, of the
    average
    krill

  • 70%
    of world's fresh water
    is
    frozen

  • 10,000
    number of
    eggs
    a female krill lays at one time

  • Winter
    temperature
    can
    drop
    as low as
    -20F

  • 4,000

    Average Antarctic human population

    in

    summer

  • Antarctica is
    1.5 times the size
    of the
    United States

  • 2,000,000
    estimated
    tons of krill
    in a swarm

  • 98%
    of Antarctica is covered by fresh water ice

  • Summer
    has
    only
    reached
    maximum of 58F

  • 47
    number of
    countries
    who have signed the Antarctic Treaty

  • Krill can go for up to

    200

    days

    without eating

  • 2
    inches
    of precipitation fall in Antarctica
    each year
    on average

  • 90%
    the world's
    ice
    is in Antarctica

  • There
    are no native land
    mammals
    in
    Antarctica

  • If
    Antarctica
    melted,
    the sea level could rise
    200 feet
    worldwide

  • 29
    number of
    nations
    that send scientists to conduct experiments in Antarctica

  • 0

    Number of

    permanent

    residents

    in Antarctica

  • Antarctica
    is the driest
    continent
    on Earth
    (less than 2 inches of rain per year)