Krill life cycle
Geologic period: Modern
Krill, Calyptopis, Metanauplius, Nauplius, krill eggs, Furcilia, Euphausia
About this image:
Krill are a type of shrimp-like marine invertebrate animal. These small crustaceans are important organisms of the zooplankton, particularly as food for baleen whales, manta rays, whale sharks, crabeater seals, and other seals, and a few seabird species that feed almost exclusively on them. Another name is euphausiids, after their taxonomic order Euphausiacea. The name krill comes from the Norwegian word krill meaning "young fry of fish," which is also often attributed to other species of fish. Learn more!