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Melting ice may be a boon for some Arctic whales—then a bust

As the Arctic ice recedes, allowing more light to hit the sea surface, it will fuel blooms of phytoplankton. In the short term, the overall mass of microscopic plants should rise in some parts of Fram Strait.  The problem is, phytoplankton are much less fatty and nutritious than ice algae. “Potentially we are moving from a luxury food item to a fast food item,” says Thomas Brown, a marine ecologist at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Argyll, Scotland. “It’s like having access to nice restaurants in your neighbourhood. If something happens and they close, you’re left with a few crappy fast food chains. That affects body condition.”  Read more....



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