29 April 2022
#AntarcticLog: A small piece about a big deal
Posted by Olivia Ambrogio
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.
Here it is, #AntarcticLog #210, a small piece about a big deal — Antarctic krill. #AntarcticLog is just a series of small pieces, but one thing I love about it is that, over the nearly five years that I’ve been doing it, I’ve built up a library to draw on in order to support current ideas.
Want to know more about the food chain that krill’s a vital part of? Here’s a post from my first year of learning, drawing, and writing about Antarctica — a view of the food chain mentioned in the new krill comic.
The #AntarcticLog comic series began as a way to tell stories about invisible science — such as the efforts of the Bigelow Lab team with whom I worked at Palmer Station to understand how the phytoplankton Phaeocystis antarctica respond to conditions.
That takes care of what krill eats. But who dines on krill? Here’s a sampling of penguin predators — who, themselves, make a nice pie for somebody else.
Simple science? Sure. But as vital as krill themselves.
–Karen Romano Young is a writer, artist, deep-sea diver, and polar explorer. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram.
Great post! I love the krill illustration. To learn more about krill, the picture book Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill is all about them (I might have written it:) https://www.worldcat.org/title/good-eating-the-short-life-of-krill/oclc/1289262955&referer=brief_results