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Limacina helicina

The sea butterfly Limacina helicina is a pteropod mollusk, a snail whose crawling foot has evolved into two wings. Tiny as they are, measuring just 2-4 millimeters, these creatures are essential elements of the Arctic food chain. They are tied to cold water, so that in spring when the sun appears in the polar regions and gives a start to the stormy algae bloom ( =emergence of huge amounts of food), sea butterflies begin to breed and multiply so vigorously that at some point their biomass exceeds the biomass of all other animals combined. There can be so many of them that they literally turn the sea black. In such numbers, they are food for many other animals, including whales, which migrate from the Southern Ocean to the Arctic to feed on these tiny molluscs.

Creator

Alexander Semenov

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Marine biologist | Underwater photographer and DOP | National Geographic Explorer 2022 | Head of Aquatilis Expedition | Head of the Scientific Diving Department at the White Sea Biological Station

Properties

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Extended Editorial

Location

Sea of Japan

Subject

Invertebrates

Genre

Blackwater Science

Edition

1 / 1

Dimensions

3000x3000

Filetype

JPG

License

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