Meet the awesome water bear: so ugly it’s cute; oh, by the way, it’s also, without question, the toughest animal on the planet

The tardigrade (aka, the water bear; named for the adorable way it walks) is just a millimeter long, but is quite probably the most bad-ass animal on Earth.  It can handle temperatures as low as -300F or has high as 300F; it can go for 100+ years without food or water; it can survive the vacuum of space; it can withstand radiation doses of over 500,000 Roentgens (1,000 times the lethal does for a human).

I’m telling ya, nature never ceases to amaze.  If we could tap into a fraction of the water bear’s powers, we could truly become the superheroes that most adult men already think they are.


Posted on April 29, 2013, in Nature. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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