Emperor Penguins (image) Virginia Institute of Marine Science Caption Changes in the extent and duration of Ross Sea ice will significantly impact marine life in what is one of the world's most productive and unspoiled marine ecosystems, where rich blooms of phytoplankton feed krill, fish, and higher predators such as penguins. Credit Photo courtesy of Walker Smith/Virginia Institute of Marine Science Usage Restrictions One-time use only. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.