A “Water Bear” is a “Tardigrade”. What’s a Tardigrade?
According to National Geographic, Tardigrades are “tiny water-dwelling creatures famed for their resiliency. The eight-legged invertebrates can survive for up to 30 years without food or water and can endure wild temperature extremes, radiation exposure, and even the vacuum of space.”
So many questions… Uhhh, so the vacuum of space, huh? I can’t help but wonder… has someone actually jettisoned these little guys into vacuous space, and then collected them again to find them alive? Also, concluding that something can survive for thirty years without nourishment means that someone actually deprived the little Water Bear every day for thirty years… Some guy examined this thing every day to see if it was still alive. He neglected it, and he examined it, and I betcha he developed a weird little perverse, professional scientist-kinda feeling for this weird little invertebrate. What do you think happened to that guy some day during the thirtieth year, when he slipped his static-free booties over his Clarks, and peered into his laboratory to find his tiny cohabitant stuck to the sand?
“In the name of science, I neglect this tiny Water Bear,” he says. That’s progress though, right? You gotta break a few eggs if you want to make an omelet, and you gotta starve, irradiate, and vacuum a few Water Bears if you wanna be a professional scientist.
National Geographic calls the Tardigrade the “most robust animal on Earth”. The thing has the ability to literally dry itself out during “drought” conditions, and then… rehydrate itself.
So, what are we waiting on – the professional scientists to go ahead and proclaim this thing is the seedling of alien life on Earth? Yes, possibly. Also, what else can this thing do? I bet it can live on other planets! Guess why?!