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So typette and I seem to share a special place in our hearts for tardigrades and also similar artwork. This is all really coincidental and kinda strange but typette has been really gracious and non-accusatory. So you should totally check her out whilst I try to validate myself and put up my own sketches as some sort of proof that I independently thought of this and so did she.

If any of you would be interested in buying a plushie of this than please go here and vote!

[Image description: A picture of a tardigrade, using an electron microscope. The tardigrade is reared up over something brown, and looks like it is looking around. Something green is behind it, and it is on a blue background. TEXT: “It doesn’t matter if you’re not the best at something. What matters is that you try, and don’t give up.”]

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This is Tardigrade!She is very small, and likes to be in moss. And even though is she very small, and can’t move very fast, she never, ever gives up. She is very tough, and can live through almost anything! It’s because she knows that being the best is not important, it’s that you keep going. Your strength lies in your tenacity, as it does with her.

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Tardigrade AKA Water Bear / Moss Piglet (!)

Tardigrades are notable for being one of the most complex of all known polyextremophiles. (An extremophile is an organism that can thrive in a physically or geochemically extreme condition that would be detrimental to most life on Earth.[3][4]) For example, tardigrades can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, as well as pressures greater than any found in the deepest ocean trenches, along with solar radiation, gamma radiation, ionic radiation— at doses hundreds of times higher than would kill a person and have lived through the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for nearly 120 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce.[citation needed]

Usually, tardigrades are 1 millimetre (0.039 in) long when they are fully grown. They are short and plump with 4 pairs of legs, each with 4-8 claws also known as “disks.” The animals are prevalent in moss and lichen and, when collected, may be viewed under a very low-power microscope, making them accessible to the student or amateur scientist as well as the professional.

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Fauna Fact of the Day

The tardigrade, better known as a water bear or moss piglet, is a microscopic animal that can be found all over the world. They get their name from the way they move- a rolling gait that resembles the movement of a bear. Water bears are able to survive in environments that would kill any other animal- temperatures as low as -459 F (close to absolute zero) and as high as 304 F, 1,000 times more radiation than other animals, and almost a decade without water. They can even withstand space travel and radiation directly from the sun! They are the ultimate survivors- and are fucking adorable.

HELP PLEASE!!!

My Tardigrade plush design was accepted by patchtogether.com and now it needs positive votes and scores so that it may be chosen to be made into an actual plush. All help is appreciated if you can’t vote please reblog to get the word out. Vote here: http://www.patchtogether.com/designs/designs/view/id/4860

This design was motivated by the wonderful Hank Green and his SciShow episode about the awesome Tardigrade as well as all the comments calling for a plushie version of this fabulous beast.

(Hey everyone! I’m not the only one making awesome tardigrades check this out. She has some awesome work on her tumblr. typette.tumblr.com)

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Tardigrades, also called water bears or moss piglets are tiny 1mm long animals that can survive in unbelievably hostile conditions. 

They are capable of surviving…

  • 6000 metres up a mountain, and 4000 metres below the sea
  • temperatures as high as 150 degrees Celsius and almost as low as absolute zero
  • crushing pressures of up to 6000 atmospheres, six times that of the deepest trench in the ocean   
  • 10 years without water
  • thousands of times more radiation than humans can survive
  • The Vacuum and solar radiation of open SPACE for ten days 

This is certainly pretty far from my usual subject matter, but I wanted to show you my illustration for issue 2 of sci-fi zine Moss Piglet. This is for Hamish Storrie’s story SEED. It’s a really really really gross story and it begins in this toilet cubicle. Ugh. This drawing was incredibly fun to create so maybe you’ll see more gross and slimy pictures from my desk… who knows!

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