Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Heard Of The Water Bear...?

We've talked about some of the many amazing creatures that Mother Nature comes up with, and this one certainly fits right in!

Every time we get to thinking just how wonderful our species is, along comes another marvelous creature from nature to serve up some humble pie! Mankind will never outdo nature when it comes to survival, that's for sure!

Water Bears

These tiny, caterpillar-like creatures are some of the most amazing creatures in existence. They can live practically anywhere, from hot springs to arctic regions. More amazingly, these things can enter a cryonic state that makes them almost impervious to environmental hazards. They can briefly survive temperatures of over 150 degrees Celsius as well as near-absolute zero temperatures. They can withstand massive pressures, radiation, and even the deadly vacuum of space. Their metabolism also grinds to a near halt. They are most frequently found on mosses, lichens, and other damp places.

I know I've said this before, but if you want an interesting site to prowl around, drop by Listverse! That place is pretty interesting, for sure!

Coffee inside for sure this morning, 'cause some really nasty weather is headed this way!


Phyllis (N/W Jersey) said...

Kinda looks like a boss I worked for years and years ago. He was a chubby little feller, too!
Amazing what is out there, though. Who knows, maybe they can find a cure for something using him/her/it.
Coffee in the kitchen in fine. I'll bring my umbrella and some donuts!

Momlady said...

Another amazing find. Thanks!

linda m said...

Kind of reminds me of a hippopotamus with a weird shaped head. Very cool looking tho. It never ceases to amaze me what creatures we keep finding.

JO said...

I almost thought it was a Manaty(sp) at first until I read all of the post. Must be a tiny little thing. Your always so good about finding things out of the ordinary.

Pass the pot please.

Sixbears said...

They might not be from this planet. They could survive the vacuum of space so may have ridden in on meteors.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I have heard of them before. Life takes many curious shapes and forms. This is one of them.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Funny how many of these type of critters bring a person to mind, isn't it?

The umbrella is probably a good idea!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Momlady...
Glad you liked it. Looks like a tough little critter, doesn't it?

Thanks for dropping in today!

Hey Linda...
Does make you wonder, that's for sure!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
Guess that finding strange things is my talent! You should have seen some of my past girlfriends!

Hey, thanks for coming over today, sweetie!

Hey Sixbears...
Makes sense to me! At least, as much sense as anything else.

I don't want to see this rascal at 3 or 4 feet long! Glad he is small!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Dizzy...
I had never heard of them! And you are certainly right about some of the strange creatures out there!

Of course, they might think we are strange as well!

Thanks, buddy, for coming over today!