Scientists have found that there is now less sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent.
Winds and warmer air and water have reduced coverage to just 1.91 million square km on 13th February.
Last year, the previous record-breaking minimum of 1.92 million sq km was not reached until 25th February.
Three of the last record-breaking years for low sea ice have happened in the past seven years: 2017, 2022, and now 2023.
Research, cruise, and fishing vessels are all reporting a similar picture as they make passage around the continent: most sectors are virtually ice-free.
Only the Weddell Sea remains dominated by frozen floes.