True Facts: The Incredible Tardigrade

4 Feb 2021
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This video was made in collaboration with Benedikt Pleyer, who is a gifted microscopist and has a wonderful contagious passion for discovering the incredible worlds that exist all around us. He has introduced me to all sorts of new creatures and I am fortunate to have met him.
Kita Williams reached out to me almost a year ago with her amazing Tardigrade footage, and I am so happy that she did. She has a knack for capturing these animals in way that gives them so much personality!
Bob Goldstein runs a lab at UNC Chapel Hill and has done incredible work on the Tardigrade (and much more.) He was kind enough to review my work to make sure I didn't screw the science up too much! I wish I could have included more of his work on the evolution of Tardigrades - but I hope to do that in a future episode on arthropods.
Thank you to the following for publishing their images
under the CC license, it is a huge contribution to
science communication.
Water bear (tardigrade), Hypsibius dujardini,
scanning electron micrograph by
Bob Goldstein and Vicky Madden.

Scanning electron micrograph of active hydrated
Echiniscoides sigismundi by Thomas L. Sørensen-Hygum,
Robyn M. Stuart, Aslak Jørgensen & Nadja Møbjerg.

New Echiniscidae (Heterotardigrada) from Amber
Mountain (Northern Madagascar) by Gąsiorek P, Vončina K (2019)
Thank you to all of my Patreon patrons for the
patience, support and feedback
“BackBay Lounge” by
Kevin MacLeod

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  • 5:38 so those sparkly sht I see on the ground is their crap

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  • Incredible!!

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  • 9:05 So they can survive near absolute zero degree Kelvin!

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  • I just realized I was listening to it like I was at school

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  • Wood Frog next?

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  • Lol

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  • I really liked learning about these tiny creatures 😂👍🏻👏🏼

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  • the reason their poop looks like a galaxy is because it is they are the microscopic equivalent to the being that created the universe

    Hat BoiHat BoiVor 15 Stunden
  • I'm a biologist and this: "Intrinsically Disordered Proteins don't have a defined shape and are Floppy Floppy like cooked spaghetti. These seem to act almost like Styrofoam packing noodles, holding organelles in place and making sure things don't stick together as the cell shrinks" --what a genius explanation

    RoraimaRainRoraimaRainVor 16 Stunden
  • "some species are parthenogenic which mean they can reproduce by themselves, solo. Think masturbation with consequences" I laugh out loud on that one!

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  • Your the funniest and best nature person ever even better then David atambrouh

    BizarreBudgieBizarreBudgieVor 17 Stunden
  • I’d like to introduce my new religion/ creationism theory we are born from a tardigrade poop

    Zyvorg CZyvorg CVor 18 Stunden
  • In 1979 I was on a secret mission with a team of specialists. We traveled to an area which I can only identify as LV-426. One of our operatives came in contact with one of these things and it attached to his face by wrapping around his head. Needless to say our mission did not go well and I'm convinced the "Company" is researching this thing for our weapons program.

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    _Im_a_White_waffle __Im_a_White_waffle _Vor 20 Stunden
  • My ma says their unicorns. If they poop cristals, then they're just tiny umicorns.

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  • i will buy them all. theyre so cute

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    Caleb OnsteadCaleb OnsteadVor 21 Stunde
  • i cant tell if they are gross or cute...and also i keep thinking of the water bear from kipo and wondering how many of these things and their poops i've accidentally swallowed

    momokokochuchuchumomokokochuchuchuVor 21 Stunde
  • “Think masturbation but with consequences.” 😳 Hahaha I lost it. Then ZeFrank proceeded to further shock me 🥺

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  • Glad to hear Jerry's on the job. One of the most alien-looking critters I've ever seen. These videos are like gold; this one is no exception!

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  • Think masturbation with consequences

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    Eli DannenbaumEli DannenbaumVor 2 Tage
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  • Tardigrade drinks your tiny tiny milkshake

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    Str8gamebeastStr8gamebeastVor 3 Tage
  • I would love to see an episode on lobsters. WHO WILL JOIN ME IN THIS NOTION?!?!

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  • Like it was a kale-flavored Capri Sun©.

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    M ParkM ParkVor 3 Tage
  • ... what if our entire universe in giant microscopic poop? mind=blown

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  • the last two minutes are absolute Au

    Adam LAdam LVor 3 Tage
  • LOL!!! 🤣🤣😊🙏🙏🙏

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  • This is great, I am fascinated by this lil creature.

    Jennifer SalinasJennifer SalinasVor 4 Tage
  • Instant Tardigrades™: Just Add Water!

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  • What if our galaxy is just a one big tardigrade poop? 🤯🤯🤯

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  • Parthenogenesis (noun) : masturbation with consequences

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  • Oh and heres a thought ive lived with for some time now, that you have just jogged. As you can see the mighty tardigrae poops galaxys. Imagine for a second our universe was just the atom of another larger being we could never comprehend. We are nothing but beings that live on a spec inside these poop galaxys that are based in this atom sized universe. All hail the might all knowing, universal tardigrae! Hail tards

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  • So every time we drink water, we accidentally drink them? I’ll never drink water again...

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  • I really want to hear what you’d have to say about the bag worm moth caterpillars little stick cabins they glue to their backs

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  • Narwhal???

  • Started watching this through my phone speakers and it freaked my bearded dragon out. She started waving to show submission and puffing out to make herself look bigger. She did not calm down until I turned the video off.

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  • How many complaints would I get if I sent this to all my Biology students? I may be about to find out. POV tardigrade porn is suitable for the over 12's, right internet?

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  • True facts about the geoduck. A shellfish that looks way too much like a giant dong.

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  • tartigrades: reproduction via diy skin condoms

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  • why are these things so.... ADORABLE

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  • Glass of Gatorade?! You barbarian!

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    Lou DLou DVor 7 Tage
  • I wish I was a tardigrade

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  • Could you do a video on peacocks please? Pretty, pretty please?? Picture me peacocking ! Lol

    Julie BraithwaiteJulie BraithwaiteVor 7 Tage
  • Hello Frank, I hope you read this. I just learned about the existence of the (more or less spooky) "Potoo", or "common potoo" (Nyctibius), and I would love to learn about it. By you :)

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  • that was a good one!

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  • I have a hard time believing aliens don't exist after seeing this. I thought Jerry did a great job in those models! 👍

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  • It isn't good for them to obtain or get close to Borealis,otherwise not to mention 7 hours but not even 7 minutes war...

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  • Because humans have the stupid bias that assumes advanced forms of life must be large, they've failed to realize that Tardigrades are the alien rulers of the universe who came here from a galaxy a trillion light years away to add earth to their empire.

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  • Jerry is very good at making models, he probably has a curiosity shower every day before work

    James WolfJames WolfVor 8 Tage
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  • So what you’re saying is that a bag of tardigrades is essentially a bag of rice with protein that makes them come back to life after you poop them into the water in your toilet. Do we get nutritional value from them?

    Road TravelerRoad TravelerVor 10 Tage
    • Plenty of creatures do eat them, which is one of the few ways to kill them.

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  • “It looks like a galaxy.” Wait,,, Is our whole universe *a water bear’s poop???*

    Homie PigeonHomie PigeonVor 10 Tage
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    • Yes.

      Lauren WainwrightLauren WainwrightVor 10 Tage
  • Whats the name of the song at the very end?

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