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    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
    • Wild Wonders of Antarctica, Slated for Biggest Marine Reserve
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    Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont d'Urville in East Antarctica, January 22, 2010.
    Waddling over the rocks, legions of penguins hurl themselves into the icy waters of Antarctica, foraging to feed their young. Like seals and whales, they eat krill, an inch-long shrimp-like crustacean that forms the basis of the Southern Ocean food chain. But penguin-watchers say the krill are getting scarcer in the western Antarctic peninsula, under threat from climate change and fishing.

    On October 28, delegates from 24 countries and representatives from the EU signed an agreement to establish the world's biggest marine reserve in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. The agreement will come into force on December 1, 2017 and will be valid for 35 years. It is designed to preserve the ecosystem of the area.

    Today, we're inviting you to meet some of the 'natives' inhabiting Antarctica – birds, mammals and fish.

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