Tardigrades occur throughout the world, from the Himalayas to Honduras... The most convenient place to find tardigrades is on lichens and mosses. Other environments are dunes, beaches, soil, andmarine or freshwater sediments, where they may occur quite frequently (up to 25,000 animals per litre). Tardigrades often can be found by soaking a piece of moss in spring water. Tardigrades are able to survive in extreme environments that would kill almost any other animal
"Tardigrades are microscopic animals that live in moss and the muddy sand on beaches. They can survive high temperatures, freezing, and crushing pressures by drying themselves up into a little hard ball, called a tun. Stick a tun in water and [...] it will rehydrate and regenerate back into a tardigrade. [...] It may well be the most adorable genome on Earth."
Anatomy of Tardigrada Demonstrating the appearance of gravid tardigrades, mouthparts, and different claw-forms and exterior textures. The Tardigrada of the Scottish Lochs: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. XLI - Part III - No. 27. By James Murray, 1905.
"Tardigrade Troop from Head Office" 32" x 43" (including frame that is not pictured) Acrylic on thrift store print These large tardigrades are here on Earth to collect the intel that their microscopic cousins have been gathering about us humans all these years.
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