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The horror! Nature, krill, is eating a large algae bloom in Antarctic waters.
An unprecedented algal bloom is making a splash in the Southern Ocean. Unlike in some other aquatic areas, the bloom there could be a blessing rather than a curse.
Scientists at the University of Tasmania have discovered a 20,000-square-kilometer (7,700-square-mile) bed of algae in Antarctica. The researchers became aware of the unusual bloom through satellite information from NASA, which captured images of huge, brownish-green spots in the waters of the ocean.
When it comes to the Adriatic or Baltic Seas, researchers are prone to talk about an “algae plague,” but the situation is different in the case of Antarctica.
“I expect a feast,” Lieser said. All manner of tiny sea animals, such as Antarctic krill, quickly snap up the short-lived algae. “Krill then becomes food for seabirds, penguins, seals and even whales,” Lieser explained.
The researchers can’t identify the exact kind of algae at the moment, although they think it may be in the Phaeocystis family.