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Water bears (or tardigrades)

Waterbear / Tardigrade

Egg of a Water Bear (Tardigrade M. sapiens) Courtesy of Oliver Meckes ( SEM 1000 x)

Water bear (Paramacrobiotus craterlaki) by Eye of Science,SPL via Tardigrades (aka waterbears) are small (0.1 - 1.5mm), water dwelling, segmented animals with 8 legs and are found throughout the world from 4,000' below sea level to 6,000'above. Named after their bear-like walk, they are the most complex of extremophiles surviving extremes of temperature, radiation and the vacuum of space. #Tardigrade #Water_Bear

Microscopic "water bears" ("moss piglets," or tardigrades) that live in both marine & freshwater sediments. Looks like they could be from outerspace. ;)

Peering Inside a Tardigrade Researchers have finally seen inside the elusive moss piglet using a new laser scanning microscope.

Freaky! These are Tardigrades, or 'water bears' or 'moss piglets.' They look like miniature gummy bears but are really microscopic animals that live in the water, are segmented, and have 8 legs. The largest adults may reach lengths of around 1.5 millimetres, whereas the smallest may reach lengths below 0.1 mm. Typically you can find these guys on lichens or mosses.

Tardigrades can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, survive pressures greater than any found in the deepest ocean trenches and have lived through the vacuum of outer space. They can survive solar, gamma and ionic radiation at high doses and go without food or water for nearly 10 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage and reproduce.

~~ Underside of the leaf of a giant Amazonian waterlily, Victoria cruziana ~~