Waterbear Key Chain 12 Pack
This tiny animal called waterbear, moss piglet or tardigrade, can hibernate for decades before coming back to life. They can even survive in the vacuum of outer space! GIANTmicrobes Waterbear is soft, cuddly and provides a fun hands-on-way to learn about microscopic life, nature and biology.
This geeky take on the stuffed Teddy Bear makes an adorable companion at home, in the lab, classroom and just about anywhere. A unique, memorable gift for friends, family, educators, biologists, nature lovers and anyone with a healthy sense of humor. Includes an educational card with fascinating facts about the amazing waterbear.
Pack of 12 Waterbear mini microbes (3") with mini-tag and key chain clip.
|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 16-24"
XL (XL) 10-15"
Original (PD) 5-8"
Keychain (KC) 2-4" with clip
|Materials||Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.|
|Packaging||Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.|
|Safety||Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.|
All about Waterbear Key Chain 12 Pack
One of the more fascinating organisms in the microsphere is the common tardigrade – technically speaking, “slow walker.” However, it is not the tardigrade’s sluggish speed that captures the attention, but rather the fact that as this miniscule creature lumbers along on its eight tiny legs, it bears an uncanny resemblance to, well, a bear.
|Description||Tardigrades can morph in extreme conditions to survive without water. In dry conditions, they replace the water in their bodies with a sugar called trehalose.|
|Name||The scientific name, Tardigrade, comes from Latin roots to describe its slow movement. They’re known as water bears because they prefers wet conditions and looks like tiny, microscopic bears.|
|Actual Size||They range from 0.5 to 1.5 millimeter long, which is about 6 thousand times smaller than a brown bear!|
|Where It Lives||Tardigrades, or water bears, are tiny creatures that you can easily find frolicking in Central Park, but they can live just about anywhere from deep ocean trenches to Himalayan mountaintops. They can survive extreme conditions from hot temperatures of hot springs to Antarctic ice! They’ve have been around for over 500 million years!|
|History||They were discovered in 1773 by a German pastor named Johann Goeze. Their superpowers were recognized only three years later by an Italian scientist named Lazzaro Spallanzani.|
|Fascinating Facts||In 2007, Swedish researchers tested the tardigrades’ resilience by launching them into space. Most survived the exposure to cosmic rays and space conditions. Some even survived deadly levels of UV radiation! All this time, we thought only Superman could do that!|