Cool fact…
Mackerel icefish are one of the most common fish species found in the shallower waters of the Kerguelen Plateau and along with Patagonian toothfish, form the basis for a commercial fishery in the region. Icefish are remarkable because they lack haemoglobin or red blood cells, resulting in blood that is an opalescent white/gray in colour, and cream coloured gills, liver and heart.

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Big Ben with reflection
Big Ben with reflection. Photo by S. Donoghue (Photo: Shavawn Donoghue)

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This page was last updated on 28 February 2005.