Weird Wonderful World

A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a water bear, which is probably the only creature on Earth that looks like a cannon wearing wrinkled khakis. Image: Eye of Science/Science Source
A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a water bear, which is probably the only creature on Earth that looks like a cannon wearing wrinkled khakis. Image: Eye of Science/Science Source

It’s a Water Bear!*

” . . . in the microscopic world beneath our feet, (tread softly) where there lives what is perhaps the toughest creature on Earth: the tardigrade. Also known as the water bear – because it looks like an adorable little many-legged bear. (it looks more like my crinkly garden pocket water hose) this exceedingly tiny critter has an incredible resistance to just about everything”

“Go ahead and boil it, freeze it, irradiate it, and toss it into the vacuum of space — it won’t die. (imagine living forever looking like that . . . ) If it were big enough to eat a glass sandwich, it probably could survive that too.”

A scanning electron micrograph of a water bear. Like regular bears, tardigrades have claws, which help in locomotion. Unlike regular bears is everything else about tardigrades, particularly their lack of a totally crappy attitude all the time. Image: Bob Goldstein and Vicky Madden
A scanning electron micrograph of a water bear. Like regular bears, tardigrades have claws, which help in locomotion. Unlike regular bears is everything else about tardigrades, particularly their lack of a totally crappy attitude all the time. Image: Bob Goldstein and Vicky Madden

*I SWEAR I didn’t make this up!  Here’s proof: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2014/03/absurd-creature-week-water-bear/

2 thoughts on “Weird Wonderful World

  1. I think they are cool. the mouth kind of gives me the creeps, but it’s small and doesn’t eat much. haha Had to go to the article and read more about it. (something I rarely do) was surprised to find out they are being researched at UNC, just down the road from me. And liked learning where they live. Just in soil…dirt. as they said…just because you can live in extreme situations, doesn’t mean you want to.
    Too bad we are often forced to….ugh.

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  2. I’ve heard of the water bear. It can live in the scalding hot water of underwater volcanic vents on the ocean’s floor!
    Poor thing does look like one of those garden hoses that shrink when empty and “inflate” when using.

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