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If you think bears, lions and tigers are tough, you haven’t met the tardigrade!
What’s cool, is that you can see these little guys with even a light microscope!
You can actually see them a standard light microscope.
They are microscopic, water-dwelling organism.
Tardigrades suck out nutrients from plants, bacteria and animal cells. Their claws and mouth are designed to open & puncture cell walls & membranes.
Depending on the species of Tardigrades, they may reproduce sexually and/ or asexually.
Tardigrades turn into, what we call, a tun. This is the hardened form of the tardigrade after it curls up into itself and replaces the water content of its cells with different substances depending on the specific environmental challenge.