Category: Polar Sea

Underwater Fact 95

Female polar bears usually give birth to twin cubs, which stay with her for more than two years until they can hunt and survive on their own.

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Underwater Fact 64

The Mackerel Icefish is one of a group of species exclusively found in the Southern Ocean known as ‘white-blooded’ fishes. These fishes survive without the red oxygen carrying pigment haemoglobin in their blood cells that other fishes have. This means their blood is colourless.

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Underwater Fact 58

Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica is loosing melting ice at an alarming rate.
But it is happening far beyond the reach of human eyes: 1 km below the ocean’s surface, beneath a shelf of floating ice as thick as two Empire State Buildings would be tall.

Underwater Fact 53

The fifth-largest continent, Antarctica, is nearly twice the size of Australia. Its surface is covered by ice that averages at least 1.6 km / 1 mile in thickness and stores around 70% of the world’s fresh water.

Underwater Fact 49

In Antarctica where only two per cent of the land is ever free of ice, the largest organism that does not rely directly on the sea for its food is a species of midge.

Underwater Fact 8

The Antarctic ice sheet that forms and melts over the ocean each year is nearly twice the size of the United States.

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