Source: Science Daily
Divers explore Arctic sea ice sheets
The negative effects of melting sea ice on the Arctic food chain has now been confirmed by researchers. Juvenile polar cod fish are struggling to survive as their primary food source, amphipod crustaceans, disappear with the sea ice. Cod are an important food source for other Arctic marine life, such as seals, whales and seabirds.
While sea ice plays an integral role in reflecting the sun's rays, it is also an inverted garden of sorts and provides shelter and food for tiny organisms and juvenile fish. The disappearance of the ice and the organisms which live in it has a trickle down effect on the entire Arctic food web.
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