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Antarctic humpbacks make a krill killing

Late-arriving sea ice boosts whales’ crustacean feast — for now

1:30pm, April 28, 2011

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In the last two years, researchers at first hoping only to tag a few whales have happened onto hundreds of humpbacks eating themselves stupid in the bays of West Antarctica.

In the Southern Hemisphere fall of 2009, Wilhelmina Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula held at least 306 humpbacks, the densest crowd of the whales scientifically documented in one place, says biological oceanographer Douglas Nowacek of the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C. Another bay on the peninsula also hosted a big crowd, and a research visit to Wilhelmina Bay in 2010 found abundant humpb

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