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Climate shifts for krill predators

Antarctic krill play a key role in Southern Ocean food webs but are vulnerable to climate change, with habitat shifts predicted in response. Now, a study of climate change impacts on a krill-specialist predator — the crabeater seal — suggests that this abundant marine mammal may be forced southwards with its prey.

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Melbourne-Thomas, J. Climate shifts for krill predators. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 390–391 (2020).

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