/ A #crabEaterSeal
resting on a small iceberg under a fiery sunset on the #AntarcticaPeninsula.
Over the last two decades, the Antarctica Peninsula region has warmed significantly, directly contributing to substantial ice loss. Sea ice is critical to not only the large animals in this ecosystem, but to the lower food chain as well. It's where bacteria grows that krill feed on. Predators in turn, like this crab eater seal here, feed heavily on krill. The loss of sea ice creates a struggle from the bottom up leaving with it a lot of unanswered questions to what this means for the abundance of animals that live here and how it's affecting ocean sea rise globally. Photographed #onassignment
#conservation #protect #earth #seal #ice #beauty #ig_nature #wildlifephotography #natgeo