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Captivating videos of our micro universe

Lacrymaria olor – one of the most bizarre animals alive

Lacrymaria olor is a protozoan, typically 100 micrometers (0.10 mm) long, that is found in freshwater ponds. Its name means “swan tear” in Latin, and refers to its general shape: namely, a teardrop-shaped body with a small “head” at the end of a long slender “neck”.

The animal is notable for its ability to extend the neck up to 7 times its body length, and manipulate in many directions — even around obstacles — in order to capture its food.

If you look closely you may see one snatching a meal.

Vorticella – fastest organism on the planet

Vorticella is considered one of the fastest biological springs on the planet. It is a protozoa and only about 40 micrometers in size. It is able to contract it’s stalk in 1/60th of a second.

Blink and you’ll miss it.

Here 3 of them are entangled, triggering each other to all contract at the same time. The result is probably the fastest synchronized swimming event ever recorded  🙂

Insect Larva – catching and eating a nematode

A larva (plural larvae /ˈlɑːrv/) is a distinct juvenile form many animals undergo before metamorphosis into adults. Animals with indirect development such as insects, amphibians, or cnidarians typically have a larval phase of their life cycle.

The larva’s appearance is generally very different from the adult form (e.g. caterpillars and butterflies). A larva often has unique structures and organs that do not occur in the adult form. Their diet may also be considerably different.

The mostly unseen world in a drop of water houses a micro universe of life. Here is a seldom seen interaction of an insect larva catching  and eating a nematode. All this happens at a scale that is not visible to the human eye.