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
The Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) is endemic to Japan, where it is known as Ōsanshōuo, literally meaning "giant pepper fish". It is a long-lived species, with the captive record being an individual that lived in the Netherlands, for 52 years. In the wild they may live for nearly 80 years.
MICROSCOPIC HAIRS IN INNER EAR: Inner ear help divers (like the one in today's pic) know their up down orientation in water. Sounds under water are magnified. When we hear sounds (whether under water or above) microscopic hairs in our inner ears vibrate.