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Tardigrade

An animal that can survive in Antartica, the Amazon Rainforest, the Sahara desert, and even space. Such an animal does not exist, right?

Well, yes, it does. It’s called the tardigrade, aka the water bear, and it is probaly one of the most amazing and resilient creatures ever known in history. 

Tardigrades can survive without water. The water is replaced with trelahose, a sugar that helps them survive in boiling water, Antartica, and even space!

Since the tardigrade can survive in space, and isn’t like any other creature on Earth, (which rules out evolution) some people think the tardigrade came from earth on an asteroid. 

All theories aside, the tardigrade, although resilient, is small; as small as this dot: —-> .  That’s pretty small… scientests have to look through a microscope to see it!

Speaking of seeing the tardigrade: here’s a picture: 

  
From http://tardigrade.us/nj-tardigrade-survey/

Here’s a “A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a tardigrade found in moss samples from Croatia in its active state,” from New York Times.

  
Honestly, it’s pretty cute for a miscropscopic organism!

When tardigrades lose their water in order to survive extreme states, they become “tuns”. Every extreme tempature needs water to be harmful- freezing tempatures won’t be able to freeze water, and hot tempatures won’t be able to boil the water.

Micheal W. Shaw, a man who researches tardigrades, has found them in every county in New Jersey. They can be found anywhere in the world!

Some people even think that if their DNA is ever damaged, they can repair it, somehow, although no one is sure if this is true. 

Tardigrades survived against pressure 6,000 times the pressure of our atmosphere. Can you imagine being able to do that? I didn’t think so. 

Absolute zero is so cold that there is no molecular movement, no warmth. It is an impossible tempature- it has never been that cold on Earth. So, scientests saw if tardigrades could withstand a tempature just a little higher than absolute zero- 273.15c (the coldest tempature in the world)! They could!

Where do they come from? How can they survive so well? Can this help human kind in any way? Comment your opinions below and start a discussion, or give me any ideas for new articles!

Sources: 

Dean, Cornelia “The Tardigrade: Practically Invisible, Indestructible ‘Water Bears’” New York Times September 7, 2015 

http://tvblogs.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/19/5-reasons-why-the-tardigrade-is-natures-toughest-animal/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280286/Meet-toughest-animal-planet-The-water-bear-survive-frozen-boiled-float-space-live-200-years.html

More things to explore: 

http://tardigrade.us/nj-tardigrade-survey/ 

This is an amazing site with interactive videos, pictures, information, and many links! 

Micheal W. Shaw was mentioned in this article. If you would like to try to find some tardigrades yourself, here is a great website where he explains how! 

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artoct11/ms-tardigrades.html

 


Fun things to Do on Earth Day!

OK, here is part two of our Earth Day Celebration!

1. Plant a seed

Plant beautiful flowers in your yard, or plant on ein a flowerpot. Either way, flowers are fun to plant, and beautiful to look at!

2. Donate Money

Donate money to the CANOPY project, or any other charities that help the earth! This is a great way to celebrate helping the earth!

Here is the link to the donation website for the CANOPY project: http://www.earthday.org/campaign/canopy-project

3. Pick up flowers (by the roots)

Are there flowers in your soccer field? Or in your local track? Pick a flower by the roots and transport it to a safer location.

4. Write a letter

Write a letter to different companies that try to help the enviorment, giving them ideas on what to save and how to do it. Or, you can write a protest letter to companies that harm the enviorment.

5. Make a T-shirt

This won’t help the earth, but it’s fun! Get a white T-shirt, and use fabric markers or paint to decorate the shirt with picutres of the earth, of trees, or simply, “I love the Earth!”

6. Turn off the lights

You can live a day by using natural light, can’t you?

7. Limit shower time

Only take a shower for 5 minutes, and you will save so much water!

That’s all! Happy Earth Day!

Facts About Earth Day

Today is Earth Day! Happy Earth Day, everyone! Here are some cool facts for Earth Day, as well as some fun ways to celebrate Earth Day!

Fact 1. 19.4 BILLION pounds of plastic as dumped into the ocean per YEAR!

It’s so sad! So much plastic is dumped into our beautiful water! 2/3 of the earth is made of water, so we should really try to keep our oceans more clean!

Ocean animals are affected by the plastic, too. Sea Turtles, as you may know, think that plastic water bottles are jellyfish, and they choke on the plastic. Also, some animals eat plastic. The animals think that they are full, but really, they aren’t getting much nutrients. Under the illusion that they are full, the animals don’t eat the nutrition they need and in most cases they starve to death.

Fact 2. 1/3 of all vertebrae animals are endangered, at extreme risk of extinction!

Rhinos, elephant, and polar bears are all animals included in this list! One major cause of this terrible fact is hunting animals just for clothing, as well as hunting them for fun. Also, habitats are destroyed. One reason for animal habitats being destroyed is to make space for roads. People vut down many trees so that they can connect different towns and cities with roads. Climate change has pushed out animals from their perfect habitats. The habitat becomes to warm, to dry, or bot suitable for the animal’s needs.

Fact 3. The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble, and we have to save it!

50% of the coral in the reef has completely vanished in the last 30 years. This happened/ is happening because of climate change and water pollution. Debris from the nearby harbor is destroying this delicate, underwater life. Also, ships drop waste and grime into the Barrier Reef. Ships need more eco-friendly systems to stop this very harmful cause.

We have a way to fix the new “in danger” label that the Barrier Reef has just been given. However, we need a real change, even though it might take a long time.

The Australian government declared that they will use 100 million Australian dollars to help the Great Barrier Reef. This is a great start!

Fact 4. New Plan to help the environment!

The Canopy project promised to support the Earth by planting 10 million trees throughout the world! An amazing addition to this challenge is that they promised to do this in 5 years! I think that this is an amazing plan, and a great way to help the earth.

This project is helping to give the world more oxygen, which we all need, as well as other animals. The project is also helping to give food to animals– and us. Trees give us so much food to enjoy. And, of course, the project is giving us cleaner air, since trees clean the air.

So far, the project is half way done. They have planted 5 million trees! Donate money to the Canopy Project here… it’s $1 for each tree they plant:

http://www.earthday.org/campaign/canopy-project

More on the next post!

Here are the amazing sites are articles that helped me create this post:

Kletter, Melanie. “Saving The Reef.” Time for Kids 17 April 2015 4-5. Print.

Zimbler, Suzanne. “An Ocean of Plastic.” Time For Kids 17 April 2015 6-7. Print.

Kluger, Jeffery. “Vanishing Act.” Time For Kids 17 April 2015 8-9. Print.

Winchchester, Elizabeth. “Giving Trees.” Time For Kids 17 April 2015 11. Print.

http://mashable.com/2015/04/22/earth-day-facts/

Penguin

So, our next animal… I got us off track the winter theme, so let’s do a winter animal!

The penguin

The Penguin is super cool! Here are some fun facts.

1. Penguins are totally clean freaks!

They spend hours a day cleaning their feathers. They do this to keep their feathers waterproof. They just keep very clean and perfect feathers!

2. They have spines in the oddest places!

Penguins have spines on their beaks and tongues so they get a good grip on their food. They don’t have teeth, so they need strong beaks and tongues!

3. Their dream dinner… Pebbles!

Well, maybe it’s not their dream dinner, but penguins still do swallow pebbles and rocks. Scientists think this is so that penguins can digest food better. The rocks grind the food up! Or maybe it’s just extra weight so the penguins can dive really deep!

4. They’re just like dolphins!

Well, they jump just like them. Penguins jump in the air while they are swimming. It’s called porpoising, and it helps them swim faster to escape predators!

5. They are super warm and friendly!

They are very social- they swim in groups and stay together. And they are super warm– their temperature is about 100 degrees Fahrenheit!

6. World Penguin Day is April 25! Whoop whoop! Go penguins!

Penguins are awesome! See you next time!

Save this cat!

Our second post is about A Liger and Tigon.

A Liger is a mix between a Lion and a Tiger, and a Tigon is a mix between a Tiger and a Lioness. They are both not found in nature, and are human bred. People breed them as an attraction in zoos.

So, sounds cool, right? You are wrong. Ligers and Tigons weren’t meant to be created, so they are very sickly. They are very prone to sicknesses. This poor, innocent creature dies in early age. Also, the Lioness or Tigress usually dies when her baby is being born. And all of this happens just for some money! People all want to see the ‘Freak Animal.’ This sad life was built just for entertainment!

People also buy the Liger and Tigon. This huge animal starts as a cub that people want to buy. But it soon turns into a huge animal that people can’t keep. This leads to abandonment. So incredibly heart breaking!

We need to help stop this incredibly cruel action and save the poor animal! Help them by spreading the word on your blog or social media account! People NEED to stop supporting organisations that breed Ligers and Tigons!

I <3 Polar Bears! Do You?

This is my first blog post! Welcome, all!

(If you would like some information about this new blog, click this link to our All About This Blog Page.)

https://lovetoloveanimals.wordpress.com/about/

Our first animal of the week is… the Polar Bear!

Here are some fun facts about Polar Bears! 🙂

  • Polar Bear mother’s teach their cubs to stay still during a hunting session. If they move, the mother thump to the head.
  • Polar Bear skin is actually BLACK! Its fur is colorless… it only looks white because of the sun reflecting of the fur.
  • Polar bears can’t be seen in infrared cameras! This is because the radiation of the snow is the same as the radiation as a Polar Bear’s fur, so the Polar Bear blends in!
  • Polar Bears live in the Arctic, not in Antarctica! They do not live near penguins… penguins chill in Antarctica. The Arctic is Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This is where a Polar Bear lives!

That is about all there is to say about the Polar Bear. They are amazing creatures that are dying because of us. Every time we drive a car, the world becomes more polluted, and the Polar Bear’s home melts more and more. Soon, these beautiful creatures will die because of us. So become more aware of Global Warming, and save the Polar Bears!

Yours Truly,

MorningJay

Citation

Here are the websites I used to research my information:

http://www.endangeredpolarbear.com/fun-facts-about-polar-bears.html

http://listverse.com/2013/08/09/11-cool-facts-about-polar-bears/

http://www.arcticworld.net/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/polarbear.html