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Bianca Coyne
Bianca Coyne • 2 years ago

A new favorite creature in space + everyplace- Tardigrade! 'This little critter is known as a water bear or a #Tardigrade. In 2008 they were the first #animal demonstrated to be able to survive the vacuum of space. They are virtually indestructible survive being blasted w radiation, intense pressures & years of desiccation. Specimens were launched into #space by Swedish scientists & they returned unharmed after 8 days. #microscopic #microbiota #survivor #creature #curiosity #strange #weird

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This is a tardigrade aka Water Bear. It is the most extreme extremophile discovered to date. It can survive temperatures of -459F to 304F, can withstand 1000 times more radiation than any other known creature, can be re-hydrated after 10 years without water and can survive the vacuum of space. Hot damn.

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.

Water bears are able to survive the most extreme environments that would kill almost any other animal. They can take temperatures close to absolute zero and hotter than boiling water, withstand over 1000 times more radiation than humans, can live over a decade without water, endure six times the water pressure in the deepest ocean trench, and even survived in the vacuum of space, making them the only animals to do so.

This is a Quokka, the happiest thing on the planet. I think I want this for a pet

I Didn't Know Animals Could Do That! #infographic #love #animals #animalrights #neat #animal #dogs #cats #vegan