Source of Krill
Krill Doctor Professional is a leading supplier of high quality Krill Oil which is a Krill biomass extract after harvesting it and the primary processing which is done by high technology to ensure fresh product for end users. Krill oil has three main components – Astaxanthin, Omega-3 Triglycerides EPA/DHA and Omega-3 Phospholipids. Despite its small size, krill is known to be the largest biomasses in the world. Euphausia superba, the Antarctic Krill lives in the pristine and cool waters in Antarctica.
- What are Krill?
- Like shrimps, Krill are crustaceans that are found mostly in Antarctic and Northern Arctic oceans. Also known as Euphausia superba, Krill is known to be the largest single biomass species and the most abundant krill species in the world. Euphasia Superba Krill live in the waters of Antarctic and are believed to be the amount of around 400 million metric tons. Therefore, Krill play the main role in the Antarctic and Arctic seas’ ecosystem. They feed on algae and phytoplankton but they also have an opportunistic pattern therefore they may feed on any plankton available. In addition to human consumption and sports bait purposes Krill is also consumed by several larger creatures like sea birds, squid, fish, penguins and seals and for several baleen whales they remain the exclusive and favorite food source. Euphausia superba can be 6.5 cm length and are known to have chitinous exoskeleton. Krill anatomy has a few unique features like ice rakes that are attached to the head, filter legs and gills that are externally visible unlike shrimps. Krill can swim with a speed of a few centimeters every second. Like lobsters, they can flip their tails to escape backwards fairly quickly. Their special light muscle organs and lenses illuminate their surroundings to send signals and confuse predators for mating and social grouping.
- Euphausia Superba Krill Life Cycle
- Euphausia superba is a excellent source of krill oil due its high nutrition value for both humans and animals. The species is found at a depth of about 100 meters in the seas of Antarctic between the seasonal ice edge and coast. During winters krill feeds on algae embedded on ice. During summers the distribution of krill coincides with the blooms of phytoplankton. Sea ice is therefore a very important factor for krill for shelter and feeding. Their survival conditions are better with more ice.The krill life cycle is also quite amazing. The life span of krill can be six to eight years. They reach maturity after only three or four years of their life. Post mating, their eggs sink deep into the water at 1000 to 2000 meters and there they start developing. The eggs have to live through the initial stages on yolk reserves and avoid predators till they reach growth zone. Reproduction success is correlated positively with timely spawning and then with a considerable ice cover during the preceding winter. Krill is therefore truly adapted to the austere and cold Antarctic winters. They enjoy their success during the harsh winters as well as temperate summers of Southern Seas. Euphausia superba found in the freezing seas of Antarctic is the main source today for Krill Oil and is known for its unique health benefits for humans.