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Published on February 6th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

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FACTY THINGS: 10 FACTS ABOUT ANTARCTICA

Antarctica: a place of ice, snow, adventures, stories and facts.

1. MCSTEAMY

In 1984 Argentina’s Almirante Brown Station was burnt down by the research station’s doctor who didn’t want to stay another winter

2. AIR CRASH INVESTIGATIONS

Much of the wreckage from 1979’s Mt Erebus plane crash wasn’t able to be recovered from the mountain and is still visible in the summer months.

3. TRUE BLOOD

Species of fish that live in Antarctica have antifreeze in their blood

4. DEEPER AND DEEPER

Weddell Seals can dive up to 2000 metres deep

5. SELF-SERVE

In 1961 Dr Leonid Ivanovich Rogozov had to perform an appendectomy on himself while serving as the only doctor on Antarctica’s Novolazarevskaya Station

6. CANNIBALISM ON ICE

Leopard Seals are the only seals in the world that feed on other seals

7. BOSS OF THE SEA

Killer Whales have no natural predators (except Seaworld)

8. WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Crabeater Seals don’t actually feed on crabs (they prefer Krill)

9. COLD COMFORT

There are seven churches in Antarctica

10. LOW BLOW

Antarctica holds the record for the lowest temperature on earth, a bone-crushing 93.2 degrees Celsius

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