The Most Resilient Animal in The World

Tardigrade (Water Bear) by yourlocal-t-rex is marked with CC PDM 1.0

“Tardigrade (Water Bear)” by yourlocal-t-rex is marked with CC PDM 1.0

By: Khira Reavis, Reporter

What do you think when you hear the words “Most Resilient Animal in The World”? Some people think of lions, penguins, and camels. The actual most resilient organism is the tardigrade. Tardigrades are micro-animals that have scrunched up plump bodies, and have eight legs with 4 claws. They look unusual, but cute. The micro-animal is often called water bears, or moss piglets.

The cool animal can live anywhere, even space! Though, it prefers to live in wet environments. They can survive a wide range of temperatures, including -328 Fahrenheit (-200 Celsius) and more than 300 Fahrenheit (148.9 Celsius). Tardigrades can survive radiation, boiling liquids, large amounts of pressure up to 6 times to pressure of the deepest part of the ocean, and space with no protection. It was found by researchers in 2008, that tardigrades can survive 10 days in low orbit with no protection. As you can see, tardigrades are extremely resilient and adaptive animals. Some species can even survive catastrophic events that could kill all of humanity.