Antarctica is the Earth’s southernmost continent and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. Containing the South Pole, Antarctica is covered by ice and is the fifth largest continent. Only cold-adapted organisms can survive on the continent and in the waters of the Southern Ocean.
The Ross Sea, part of the Southern Ocean, is one of the last oceans on Earth that are relatively unaffected by humans. Fishing and tourism are attempting to expand into the Ross Sea, threatening this near pristine ecosystem. Expansion of these industries would threaten the marine food web and the whales, seals, penguins and fish that depend upon it for survival.
Point Blue has been studying Adelie Penguins and other marine life in the Ross Sea since the early 1970's.
Visit the link at the right to learn more about our work in Antarctica. View Map of Ross Sea