For the first time the public will be able to join a live online tour of the Australian Antarctic Division’s krill aquarium as part of National Science Week.

The behind-the-scenes tour will delve into some of the current research on the physiology, behaviour and reproduction of krill, as well as introduce some of the people working to better understand this keystone species.

Antarctic krill are one of the most abundant and successful animal species on Earth, with an estimated 500 million tonnes of the crustacean in the Southern Ocean.

Krill are a critical part of the Antarctic ecosystem with most of the larger animals such as seals, whales and seabirds depending directly or indirectly on them to survive.

Join us @AusAntarctic for a Facebook Live tour of our Antarctic Krill aquarium at 11:30am (AEST) on Thursday, 17 August 2017 for a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.