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‘The Curious Life of Krill’ is an ode to an underappreciated crustacean

A new book clears up misconceptions about the shrimplike critters

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8:00am, April 29, 2018
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TRUE TO SIZE  Contrary to popular belief, krill are not microscopic — they can grow to be several centimeters long. 

The Curious Life of Krill 
Stephen Nicol
Island Press, $30

Stephen Nicol is here to change your mind about krill: They’re not microscopic and they’re far from boring. The biologist is so sick of people misunderstanding his study subjects that he’s even gotten a (slightly botched) krill tattooed on his arm to help enlighten strangers.

In The Curious Life of Krill, Nicol is taking his mission to an even bigger audience. The book is an ode to Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), which are among the most abundant animals in the world by mass. Each several centimeters long, krill cloud the

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