SEALS, WHALES AND PENGUINS all rely on KRILL as a source of food. The new enemy in the block, as always, are HUMANS. Fishing KRILL unsustainably ... PLEASE SPREAD AWARENESS AND BUY LESS KRILL PRODUCTS... #Repost @racingextinction with @get_repost
Field update from conservation photojournalist @paulhiltonphoto who is on assignment to #protectantarctic with @greenpeace.
A crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophaga), on some pack ice, Paradise Bay, Antarctic. Ironically, crabeater seals do not eat crabs (there are no crabs in Antarctic waters), but consume more krill (shrimp-like crustaceans) than any other species on the planet. Misnamed by the early Antarctic whalers and sealers, crabeaters might more accurately be called the "krilleater" seal. The crabeater seal’s abundance is due, in large part, to the slaughter of the great baleen whales in Antarctic waters, which reduced whale feeding pressure on the krill and thus made krill more available to seals and penguins. But now there is a new kid on the block, humans are fishing krill as we speak, some 300,000 thousand tons annually and that number looks to increase, with a direct knock on effect to this fragile ecosystem. Seals, whales and penguins all rely on krill to thrive. More on the krill fishery in my next post. #protectantarctic #racingextinction #animals #truth #woke #awareness #earth #whales #seals #krill @santoni_inc