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Scientists are in disbelief for the discovery of the world's largest fish-breeding area

Scientists are in disbelief for the discovery of the world's largest fish-breeding area

Icefish nest in the Weddell Sea as part of a massive breeding colony.

The hottest club in Antarctica is on the Weddell Sea, where all the cool icefish hang out. About 60 million people are there for a primal reason: making more icefish.

In a statement on Thursday, a team on Polarstern found the mind-bogglingly massive icefish breeding colony.

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AWI said the nests kept appearing on the Polarstern footage and said it had a sense of growing excitement and finally disbelief.

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This week, the team described the colony as having "a globally unprecedented extent."

"The idea that such a huge breeding area of icefish in the Weddell Sea was previously undiscovered is absolutely fascinating," explains the author of the research.

Each nest may contain 1,500 to 2,500 eggs guarded by an adult fish. Using research, the icefish colony is also a popular destination for seals that are likely to make snacks of the residents.

The researchers are urging the establishment of a regional in Antarctica to prevent fishing or invasive research and preserve the extraordinary habitat.

Antje Boetius, the director of the AWI, was not directly involved in the research. "So far, the remoteness and the difficulties in sea ice conditions in this southernmost area of the Weddell Sea have protected the area, but due to the increasing pressure on the ocean and polar regions, we should be more ambitious with marine conservation."

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