Beautiful picture of Adelie Penguins near Esperanza Base in Antarctica
by Gaston Lacombe
Phytoplankton is the foundation of the oceanic food chain. They are microscopic organisms which photosynthesise, creating energy which is passed down through the marine food chain. This is very important for maintaining the marine wildlife in the polar regions.
I got my results back from my Frozen Planet course and I passed! :-D really pleased and a big thank you to all you followers! This blog has really helped me with my course and I’m definitely going to continue with it. The polar regions are immensely beautiful and I intend to educate as many people as I can about how important they are to our planet.
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Arctic Blog’s Animal of the Day: The Leopard Seal
The leopard seal, known as ‘the leopards of the sea’ are the second largest species of seal in Antarctica. During the summer months, it hunts around the pack ice spending most of it’s time in the water. They are powerful and curious animals, they have been known to play with their food before eating it.
They have forearms and fiver-finger like bones similar to that of humans and birds. However these ‘fingers’ are webbed, helping them to propel through the water.
Despite the polar regions seeming so separate to the rest of our planet, they play a vital role in sustaining it.
If you want to know more about the wildlife and the work that the WWF is doing to help protect them, please visit this link below!
On an extra note, hideous statistics have been unveiled of how many harp seals are brutally slaughtered each year in Canada. Newfoundland’s tax money contributed last year to the death of 70,000 seals! If you want to help, there is link on harpseals.org below to write to Canadian senators to plea for a stop to this cruelty.
Lone harp seal surrounded by the dead carcasses of hundreds of harp seals.
This needs to stop!
Hey everyone and awesome followers. Very sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while! I’ve been really busy moving house, working (I won’t bore you any longer).
But on the plus side, as I’ve been doing more of my Frozen Planet course I’ve got loads of interesting new facts and info on the polar regions to share with you. So hopefully you’ll not only like the new pictures and info on my blog but learn something from them too!
In the meantime, here is a lovely picture of an Arctic Wolf :) x
Arctic Blog’s Animal of the Day: ‘The Beluga Whale’
These bizarre and amazing animals are known as ‘sea canaries’ for their high pitched twitter.
It has an unmistakable white colouring and a very bulbous head. They are highly sociable animals and travel in groups.
They inhabit a ‘circumpolar’ area in the sub-Arctic and Arctic seas, also being found along the coasts of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia.
The world population of Belugas currently stands at 100,000. This sounds high but is quite low compared to pre-hunting days.
Arctic Blog’s Animal of the Day: The Harp Seal
Harp seals (or saddleback seals) are a species of ear less seals that are native to North American and Arctic regions.
They spend very little time on land and are notoriously noisy, sociable animals. On land pups ‘bawl’ and ‘mumble’ to call their mothers, where as adult harp seals ‘growl’ and ‘warble’.
They have a thick coat of blubber to keep them warm and to provide energy when food is sparse.