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Antarctic Krill

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Krill are often referred to as light-shrimp because they emit light through bioluminescent organs. These organs are located on various parts of the individual krill's body: one pair of organs at the eyestalk (cf. the image of the head above), another pair are on the hips of the second and seventh thoracopods, and singular organs on the four pleonsternites. These light organs emit a yellow-green light periodically, for up to 2–3 s. They are considered so highly developed that they can be compared with a flashlight. There is a concave reflector in the back of the organ and a lens in the front that guide the light produced. The whole organ can be rotated by muscles, which can direct the light to a specific area. The function of these lights is not yet fully understood; some hypotheses have suggested they serve to compensate the krill's shadow so that they are not visible to predators from below; other speculations maintain that they play a significant role in mating or schooling at night.

Tiny but mighty, Krill represent a major link in the Earth’s marine ecosystems and the global food chain. Read on for more…Krill oil is also rich in vitamins A and E and functions as a powerful antioxidant.*EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart, maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels, and the maintenance of normal blood pressure.


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