Polar Newsletter Part 9: The Soup that Feeds the World
The smallest marine life in the Polar ice biome is very important to the entire life cycle. Plankton is the foundation for the food chain. They drift in the sea currents. There are two types of plankton, phytoplankton and zooplankton. Phytoplankton is plant based and zooplankton is animal based. Crustaceans and other fish larvae are a part of zooplankton.
Here are some interesting facts about zooplankton:
- Antarctic krill can be as large as 6 centimeters or 2 inches long.
- Antarctic krill can live up to 10 years.
- Krill are small-shrimp like crustaceans.
- Amphipods and Copepods are minute crustaceans.
- Fish and eel larvae are a part of the zoo plankton mass.
- Krill is the largest biomass in the Antarctic.
- Copepods are the largest biomass in the Arctic.
Here are some Zooplankton reading cards
Newsletters about the Ocean Food Chain
and Ocean Carbon Cycle
Previoius newsletter. Penguin Nomenclature Cards