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3. Tardigrade - One of Antarctica's Strangest Animals

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Check out this wee creepy-crawlies often referred to as a water bear!

Their real name is Tardigrade, and they share this chilly continent with other native beasties such as rotifers and springtails. These creatures can only be seen by a microscope as they are so tiny. But they have been here for pretty much ever and are of great interest to scientists!

These tiny creatures are found all over the world - in the hottest deserts and the deepest oceans. They are among the toughest and most adaptable creepy-crawly ever known. They must be to survive the cold of Antarctica!

See what else you can find out about water bears!

Tardigrade
Tardigrade (see link for credits) By By Schokraie E, Warnken U, Hotz-Wagenblatt A, Grohme MA, Hengherr S, et al. (2012) - Schokraie E, Warnken U, Hotz-Wagenblatt A, Grohme MA, Hengherr S, et al. (2012) Comparative proteome analysis of Milnesium tardigradum in early embryonic state versus adults in active and anhydrobiotic state. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45682. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045682, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22716809

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