25 Awesome Facts About Water Bears That Will Blow Your Mind

Water bears are some of the toughest microorganisms on the planet. As we’ll soon discover, it takes a lot to destroy them. Also called tardigrades and moss piglets, scientists are still learning more and more about them every day, and it could mean big things in the future. Better understanding the water bears’ resilience and nigh-superpowers could help scientists develop new technologies. Ready to go swimming with these tubby and adorable little creatures? Here are 25 Awesome Facts About Water Bears That Will Blow Your Mind.

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They're tiny. They range in size from .002 to .05 inches but don't get much bigger than .04 inches.

tardigradesSource: https://www.livescience.com/57985-tardigrade-facts.html

They have 8 legs with 4 to 8 claws attached to each and were originally named "kleiner Wasserbär," meaning little water bear.

water bearSource: https://steemit.com/steemstem/@katerinaramm/let-s-meet-tardigrate-the-survivor-amazing-creatures-of-the-deep-series

They've been around for a long time...600 million years to be exact. That makes them significantly older than the dinosaurs that first appeared 230 million years ago.

dinosaursSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/71380/7-tough-facts-about-tardigrades

Food is not exactly a major requirement for water bears. If it wants to, it can go without a good meal for over a decade.

foodSource: http://www.businessinsider.com/tardigrades-facts-water-bear-science-outer-space-2017-10

Water bears can survive water pressure six times greater than the ocean floor and can live through being boiled in alcohol.

boiling waterSource: http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2008/shifflet_bran/WhatElse.htm

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