Antarctic Ecosystem

antarctic ecoystem introduction iconAntarctic animals all make their living in the ocean, because the land is too cold, dry, and dark for plants and animals. Antarctica's coastal seas are especially important because they shelter an abundant ecosystem, supporting large predators such as penguins, seals and whales. Find out about this unusual ecosystem, and how so many big sea creatures depend on tiny plant cells to keep the system working! Learn more »

antarctic krill
Krill adult, the mainstay of the Antarctic ecosystem. Photo by Peggy Hamner.