Tardigrades reproduce sexually and females lay eggs. She’ll actually shed her skin first and then lay her eggs inside of it. The babies then hatch from their eggs and then have to crawl out of the skin husk. Fun fact: tardigrades are born with the same number of cells as their adult counterparts - their cells just get bigger as they age.
As most of us know now from spending too much time reading interesting things on the internet, Tardigrades are one of the most epic mothercreatures when it comes to survival. They can survive in a outer space vacuum for sciences sake. And that my dear science lovers makes me very angry. And rather asking why they are so tough, i am asking how to kill them… you know in case they take over the earth. We need to fight back.
But what actually does it take to kill one of these little immortal seeming micro-animals. I mean can’t we just step on them like we step on other tiny millions of weeping micro organisms? Well the answer to that isn’t quite simple. We should consider some facts first before taking upon us the destruction of this creature.
Can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero
Well above the boiling point of water (100 °C)
Pressures about six times greater than the deepest ocean trenches
Ionizing radiation hundreds of times higher than the L.D. for a human
Can go without food or water for more than 10 years
Drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water.
They are found in
in hot springs and like to chill under layers of ice
Are all around plump and fluffy but in a microscopic level.
They are almost indestructible and also can withstand high collision impacts (in most cases). Now fortunately they are very tiny in comparison to us. And they pose no considerable threat to us humans…. yet. But what if someone where to genetically engineer gigantic water bears for the purpose of world domination? Who will save you then? Don’t say i didn’t warn you… Prepare for the Tardigrate war. These water bears don’t eat salmon, they want our…things.
A creature known as a “Tardigrade” has survived all five mass extinction events. It can live in boiling water, solid ice, and the intense radiation of space. It can survive a decade in a desert, without a drop of water to drink, or in the deepest trenches of the sea. factsource
In 1983, Japanese scientists accidentally
scooped up two tardigrades and an egg when they were collecting a sample
of moss. Scientists stored the organisms at minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit. One tardigrade and the egg lived and are now slowly coming back to life. Could this lead to breakthroughs in cryonics?
Today marks a very special day for Merismo Microscopy!
I’ve finally found my first tardigrade! This little guy was found crawling around some algae in a saltwater aquarium. Do you see the little eyes and paws?
They’re quite popular on the internet due to the incredible extremes this tiny animal can survive through. When it enters a state of suspended animation called anhydrobiosis, it can live through near absolute zero temperatures as well as boiling water, radiation, and the vacuum of space (source). Hooray for the tardigrade!
Tardigrades have survived five global extinction events, and they don’t seem to have any problems with antisocial behavior (in fact, they seem to share their water droplets very peacefully). I think these guys are onto something– maybe we should put them in charge for a bit whilst humans work out some of our issues.