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Since National Geographic began making maps in 1915, it has recognized four oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic Oceans. Starting on June 8, World Oceans Day, it recognized the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica as the world’s fifth ocean. “The Southern Ocean has long been recognized by scientists, but because there was never agreement internationally, we never officially recognized it,” says National Geographic Society Geographer Alex Tait.

What sort of creatures live in these freezing waters? More than you may expect - humpback whales, penguins, albatrosses (Saturday the 19th is World Albatross Day!), orcas and tiny marine invertebrates like krill thrive in this habitat.
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) group and Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) on iceberg, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
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00645700 Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) group and Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) on iceberg, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Jellyfish larva, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762192 Jellyfish larva, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Iceberg, Weddell Sea, Antarctica
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00643057 Iceberg, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Hiroya Minakuchi
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) flying, Drake Passage, Antarctica
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00645787 Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) flying, Drake Passage, Antarctica© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) group, a small shrimp-like crustacean is the most important zooplankton in the Antarctic food web, Antarctica  -  Flip Nicklin
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00082793 Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) group, a small shrimp-like crustacean is the most important zooplankton in the Antarctic food web, Antarctica© Flip Nicklin
Crabeater Seal (Lobodon carcinophagus) pair surfacing to breathe through brash ice, Admiralty Sound, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Tui De Roy
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00439833 Crabeater Seal (Lobodon carcinophagus) pair surfacing to breathe through brash ice, Admiralty Sound, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Tui De Roy
Waves of the Southern Ocean off South Georgia Island  -  Konrad Wothe
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00441976 Waves of the Southern Ocean off South Georgia Island© Konrad Wothe
Orca (Orcinus orca) male surfacing north of Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00427966 Orca (Orcinus orca) male surfacing north of Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving, Antarctica  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345543 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving, Antarctica© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Antarctic Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialoides) flying, Southern Ocean, Antarctica  -  Tui De Roy
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00479962 Antarctic Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialoides) flying, Southern Ocean, Antarctica© Tui De Roy
Sea Urchin (Sterechinus neumayeri) group gathers on an ice fall to eat algae, Antarctica  -  Norbert Wu
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00977052 Sea Urchin (Sterechinus neumayeri) group gathers on an ice fall to eat algae, Antarctica© Norbert Wu
Tourists in zodiac looking at iceberg grounded off Coulman Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00427982 Tourists in zodiac looking at iceberg grounded off Coulman Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Ice floes, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00428012 Ice floes, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Hydromedusae (Calycopsis borchgrewinki) with extended tentacles, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762190 Hydromedusae (Calycopsis borchgrewinki) with extended tentacles, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) group on iceberg with some leaping into the Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Eric Dietrich/ Hedgehog House
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00260225 Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) group on iceberg with some leaping into the Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Eric Dietrich/ Hedgehog House
Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) with yellow algae in stomach, a small shrimp-like crustacean is the most important zooplankton in the Antarctic food web, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762207 Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) with yellow algae in stomach, a small shrimp-like crustacean is the most important zooplankton in the Antarctic food web, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) mother and pup float in shallow water under sea ice crack, their breathing holes visible in background, Antarctica  -  Norbert Wu
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00977068 Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) mother and pup float in shallow water under sea ice crack, their breathing holes visible in background, Antarctica© Norbert Wu
Scuba diver exploring ice caves below Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) breathing holes, life below feeds on seal feces, Antarctica  -  Norbert Wu
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00977150 Scuba diver exploring ice caves below Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) breathing holes, life below feeds on seal feces, Antarctica© Norbert Wu
Blue tall iceberg floating in dark sea, South Georgia Island  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345877 Blue tall iceberg floating in dark sea, South Georgia Island© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) flying, Southern Ocean, Antarctica  -  Tui De Roy
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00480030 Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) flying, Southern Ocean, Antarctica© Tui De Roy
Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) in breathing hole, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Konrad Wothe
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00482842 Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) in breathing hole, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Konrad Wothe
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) group on iceberg, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
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00645698 Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) group on iceberg, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Russian Icebreaker, Kapitan Dranitsyn, Weddell Sea, Antarctica
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00551504 Russian Icebreaker, Kapitan Dranitsyn, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Konrad Wothe
Iceberg in ocean, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica
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00581414 Iceberg in ocean, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica© Andrew Peacock
Small ice floes at sunset, South Georgia Island
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00645580 Small ice floes at sunset, South Georgia Island© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Icebergs at Sunset, Wedell Sea, Antarctica  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00761805 Icebergs at Sunset, Wedell Sea, Antarctica© Suzi Eszterhas
Naked Sea Butterfly (Clione limacina) portrait, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762183 Naked Sea Butterfly (Clione limacina) portrait, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) tail near iceberg, Antarctica  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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00260021 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) tail near iceberg, Antarctica© Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
Massive iceberg floating, smashing into waves and melting rapidly due to gobal warming and rising temperatures of sea and air, near Cumberland Bay, South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean, Antarctic Conv...  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345331 Massive iceberg floating, smashing into waves and melting rapidly due to gobal warming and rising temperatures of sea and air, near Cumberland Bay, South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean, Antarctic Conv...© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Ctenophore (Beroe cucumis) showing typical symmetrical combs made of cilia, Weddell Sea, Antarctica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762195 Ctenophore (Beroe cucumis) showing typical symmetrical combs made of cilia, Weddell Sea, Antarctica© Ingo Arndt
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