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Are there any animals that can stand sub-zero temperatures in Antarctica?

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I think it's truly amazing that anyone can stand that sort of temperature. I'm in Atlanta right now and the heat is killing us but I'd much rather, I think, be hot as a hot dog than freezing! A: No animals actually "live" on land in Antarctica in the sense of depending on food they find there. But, penguins, other birds, and seals spend a lot of time on Antarctica's ice or the few ice-free rocky areas right on the edge of the ocean or the ice. They get their food from the rich seas around Antarctica and spend at lest part of their lives in or over the ocean. The USATODAY.com Antarctic wildlife page has links to more information. Animals have evolved in many different ways to survive in cold weather, including in cold water. The ocean water around Antarctica is often colder than 32 degrees - salt water freezes at a lower temperature than fresh water. Yet, seals, penguins and fish thrive in water that would kill an unprotected person in minutes. Seals have thick layers of blubber to ... more
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I think it's truly amazing that anyone can stand that sort of temperature. I'm in Atlanta right now and the heat is killing us but I'd much rather, I think, be hot as a hot dog than freezing! A: No animals actually "live" on land in Antarctica in the sense of depending on food they find there. But, penguins, other birds, and seals spend a lot of time on Antarctica's ice or the few ice-free rocky areas right on the edge of the ocean or the ice. They get their food from the rich seas around Antarctica and spend at lest part of their lives in or over the ocean. The USATODAY.com Antarctic wildlife page has links to more information. Animals have evolved in many different ways to survive in cold weather, including in cold water. The ocean water around Antarctica is often colder than 32 degrees - salt water freezes at a lower temperature than fresh water. Yet, seals, penguins and fish thrive in water that would kill an unprotected person in minutes. Seals have thick layers of blubber to ... more
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