FIVE FUN FACTS – ON KRILL

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By Tone Laila Solstad, September 21, 2017

Many might know of krill and even some of the studies showing its qualities for aquaculture, but here is some fun facts you might not have heard before. 

 

In all oceans

One might not see krill so often, but fact is that krill is found in all oceans world over. This means that fish in oceans naturally eat krill. Maybe this is why they love the taste so much. Even though in all oceans, krill only swim in big swarms around the Antarctica.

 

 

2x human biomass
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Biomass is defined as the mass of living biological organisms in a given area.  Krill is a very abundant source with a biomass of around 500 million metric tons. This makes it among the species with the largest total biomass on earth that can even be seen from space. It is also as much as 2 times the size of the human biomass.

 

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10 000 eggs

With a biomass so big and being a sought after meal for whales, penguins and fish in the oceans, it may not come as a surprise that the female krill can lay up to 10,000 eggs at a time and sometimes several times a season.

 

 

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Low in food chain

Krill is defined as a zooplankton. They eat phytoplankton or maybe algae during winter which is at the very bottom of the food chain. All other species in oceans eat krill, meaning that krill is vital for life.

 

 

 

 

 

Krill for Soviet army

Between 1960’s and 1990 the Soviet army was fed on krill. Soviet Union had several boats in the Antarctic Ocean with the purpose of feeding their soldiers. The Soviets knew that krill had amazing nutritional qualities beneficial to the tough lives of the soldiers. The krill was, as sardines, canned in small metal boxes making them last for a long time.

 

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