‘Astonishing Richness’ in Polar Sea Species

‘Astonishing Richness’ in Polar Sea Species

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icefish.jpgThe polar oceans are not biological deserts after all.

A marine census released Monday documented 7,500 species in the Antarctic and 5,500 in the Arctic, including several hundred that researchers believe could be new to science.

This photo, released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Census of Marine Life, shows a chionodraco hamatus, one of the Antarctic’s ice fish, which can withstand temperatures that freeze the blood of all other types of fish.

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