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Tardigrades are nearly indestructible creatures that live everywhere

April 26, 2016
A scanning electron microscope image of a tardigrade [Image credit: Schokraie E, Warnken U, Hotz-Wagenblatt A, Grohme MA, Hengherr S, et al. (2012) | CC BY 2.5]

What are tardigrades? What is it about them that captures the imagination? Peter Hess talks to self-described tardigrade hunter Mike Shaw to find out more about these microscopic creatures and goes on his own tardigrade hunt.

Produced by Peter Hess

About the Author

Peter Hess

Peter Hess recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received his B.A. in environmental studies. Originally a student of British and American literature, his sense of social responsibility pulled him in a different direction. Peter aspires to harness the power of the written word to explore important issues of human and environmental health, such as fracking and biosolids. In his free time, he likes to propagate houseplants and make curries.


1 Comment

Mike Shaw says:

Peter –
Great job on the video! Thanks for including me. I think I did see a tardigrade in that sample you took.

For more info on tardigrades, check out my site-

Mike Shaw
The Space Bear Hunter

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