Thursday, November 16, 2017

Water bears

Recently, we read a book about water bears. Since then, we have all been fascinated with these wonderful creatures. We managed to get a microscope, and we have been collecting moss which is where water bears live. We managed to see the water bears through our microscope, and now we see them as our class pets.

Tardigrades, often called water bears or moss piglets, are near-microscopic animals with long, plump bodies and scrunched-up heads. They have eight legs, and hands with four to eight claws on each. While strangely cute, these tiny animals are almost indestructible and can even survive in outer space.
 They can range from 0.05 millimeters to 1.2 mm (0.002 to 0.05 inches) long, but they usually don't get any bigger than 1 mm (0.04 inches) long.
Water bears can live just about anywhere. They prefer to live in sediment at the bottom of a lake, on moist pieces of moss or other wet environments. They can survive a wide range of temperatures and situations. 

We will continue to study and observe them....

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