#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Oceanologists, to their surprise, found large cod and octopuses in the vicinity of the North Pole. Living creatures serve as food for walruses, seals and polar bears, which, although in small numbers, are found near the northernmost point of the Earth, TASS writes about this with reference to the scientific journal Science Advances.
Presumably cod and octopuses came to high latitudes from the warm waters of the Atlantic currents that wash the Norway coast. The ‘migrants’ from the Atlantic play an important role in the Arctic ecosystems. Their populations need to be studied and protected from poachers.
Recall that every year the area of polar ice is getting smaller, and scientists are studying how this affects the Arctic inhabitants. For example, experts from the Russian Arctic National Park for the first time recorded the presence of swallows on Novaya Zemlya, in the southern cluster of the park. In the north of Yakutia, biologists have found several viable microscopic rotifers from the Adineta genus. Not only did the creatures spend 24 thousand years in a frozen state and did not die, they also gave birth. In the Arctic, under the ice, the researchers also found the remains of prehistoric moss, twigs and leaves.
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