Antarctic shrimp krill
The Arctic Blog’s Animal of the Day: The Arctic Skua
These birds, also known as ‘parasitic jaegers’ nest on dry tundra laying about 4 eggs. Like other birds of it’s kind, it is incredibly protective of it’s young and will fly at the heads of foxes and even humans to defend them.
They feed on smaller birds, rodents and insects. They display ‘pirate like’ behaviour throughout the year, harassing their victims.
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.
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