Wild & Weird: Amazing Footage of Microscopic Water Bears
James Weiss spends hours a day observing and recording the behavior of single-celled organisms through powerful microscopes. His apartment, full of hundreds of jars of water from different places, is an informal zoo of the microscopic.
One of his favorite micro-critters is the tardigrade, or "water bear." Nearly indestructible, they live almost everywhere on Earth — and maybe even on the moon.
"My favorite thing about tardigrades is their eyes!" Weiss told the Center. "Those charcoal-black eyes melt my heart like nothing else. They're just photosensitive cells, so tardigrades can't see things in the way we do. But they know when it's day and when it's night."
Take a close-up look at stunning footage on Facebook or YouTube of water bears eating, mating, hatching and more — all captured by Weiss. And if you're on Instagram, follow Weiss to see a new microscope video daily. We bet you'll find tardigrades as adorable as we do.