Get Out Your Anti-Sea Bear Circle!

By JD

The following article is part of our archive and was published on 7/19/2014


Because there’s a sea bear on the loose!

There’s no need to be afraid of this little guy though, as scientists were only able to see it underneath a microscope. This creature was discovered after researchers examined moss from Antarctica by the Victoria Sea. This simplistic organism is able to live in any condition, making it one of the toughest creatures on Earth. It has the ability to survive in: a vacuum, poison, radioactivity, high pressure, and numerous other drastic conditions thanks to its ability to enter a deep resting state when water is not available.

Their color is reddish, which is uncommon in other sea bears, and the average size of this tardigrade (fancy scientific name for a sea bear) is a quarter of a millimeter for males and a half a millimeter for females. It has four pairs of legs and rust-colored eyespots that help it vaguely see light. Behind their claws are tiny pads, similar to a bear’s paw pads, and its hair falls in an odd direction for its kind.

With any luck, these tiny creatures can aid in an understanding of evolutionary history as sea bears date back to millions of years ago back when Antarctica was part of a supercontinent. This specific new species has roots that connect to the ancient sea bear ancestors, so much more may be uncovered about organisms found on Antarctica.

So no need for that anti-sea bear circle today. Just make sure you keep your anti-sea rhinoceros under garments around.

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