Melting Antarctic Sea Ice Threatens Minke Whales

The Antarctic Peninsula is warming at rates much greater than the rest of the planet, leading to large losses of sea ice, prime habitat for minke whales. Tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans called krill, which feed on algae and phytoplankton that grow on the underside of sea ice, serve as the main food for minkes. As melting sea ice threatens krill populations, minkes, and the ecological role they play, are also at risk.

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