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July 3, 2012

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog

Well folks, as promised, here is a video of the creature (yes, it was alive, and no, it was not a comma) that was in the Micro World Mystery Photo #2. Take a look:

It is a Tardigrade, known also as a Water Bear. Click here for some interesting facts about these creatures!

Here is a Scanning electron micrograph of an adult water bear (tardigrade), Hypsibius dujardini.
by Bob Goldstein & Vicky Madden, UNC Chapel Hill
tardigrades.bio.unc.edu/

water bear

These creatures have a reputation for being virtually indestructible, surviving in some extreme environments. In fact, they are so hardy, they survived a trip to space and back where they put up with the stresses of the vacuum of space as well as radiation. For the complete story of their journey, here is the story from the European Space Agency, who did the research.

But you don’t have to…

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