True Facts: The Incredible Tardigrade

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This video was made in collaboration with Benedikt Pleyer, who is a gifted microscopist and has a wonderful contagious passion for discovering the incredible worlds that exist all around us. He has introduced me to all sorts of new creatures and I am fortunate to have met him.

Kita Williams reached out to me almost a year ago with her amazing Tardigrade footage, and I am so happy that she did. She has a knack for capturing these animals in way that gives them so much personality!

Bob Goldstein runs a lab at UNC Chapel Hill and has done incredible work on the Tardigrade (and much more.) He was kind enough to review my work to make sure I didn't screw the science up too much! I wish I could have included more of his work on the evolution of Tardigrades - but I hope to do that in a future episode on arthropods.

Thank you to the following for publishing their images
under the CC license, it is a huge contribution to
science communication.

Water bear (tardigrade), Hypsibius dujardini,
scanning electron micrograph by
Bob Goldstein and Vicky Madden.

Scanning electron micrograph of active hydrated
Echiniscoides sigismundi by Thomas L. Sørensen-Hygum,
Robyn M. Stuart, Aslak Jørgensen \u0026 Nadja Møbjerg.

New Echiniscidae (Heterotardigrada) from Amber
Mountain (Northern Madagascar) by Gąsiorek P, Vončina K (2019)

Thank you to all of my Patreon patrons for the
patience, support and feedback

“BackBay Lounge” by
Kevin MacLeod

Additional footage used under
license from:


  1. zefrank1

    zefrank14 oy oldin

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  2. J S

    J S7 kun oldin

    did this bug just make the OVER completion that is our lives meaningless. i mean thia thing is like a whole 5 cells.

  3. Carmen G Ogeidnas

    Carmen G OgeidnasOy oldin

    @BookGirlCNY yup, they're 'female' problems because we have the same problems as men.. except for the fact that we're bleeding into our pants about 25% of the time

  4. BookGirlCNY

    BookGirlCNYOy oldin

    @Carmen G Ogeidnas “female problems.” Perfect!

  5. BookGirlCNY

    BookGirlCNYOy oldin

    @Zenn Exile Love it!

  6. BookGirlCNY

    BookGirlCNYOy oldin

    “If you were covered in fingers, you’d be doing that too!” 5:13 Lol

  7. You Me

    You Me14 soat oldin

    i love how i learn as i am getting entertained

  8. Nat Lesh

    Nat Lesh23 soat oldin

    If only I could be a moss pig. Basically indestructible, smol, and full of spite

  9. James Penrose

    James PenroseKun oldin

    Science with a great dose of mildly adult humor. Hysterical but rock solid science.

  10. Zack King

    Zack KingKun oldin

    Water bear bro moss piglets are lame

  11. Jake Thibault

    Jake ThibaultKun oldin

    …my science teacher played this in class. Let’s just say it was an experience.

  12. Burnt Toast Space Girlfriend

    Burnt Toast Space GirlfriendKun oldin

    Tardigrades are the cutest fluid-filled sacks I’ve ever seen 🥰

  13. Michael Morris

    Michael Morris2 kun oldin

    Masturbation with consequences....I freakin lost it.

  14. NervousBunnyGaming

    NervousBunnyGaming3 kun oldin

    Is jerry even real lol

  15. Rome Dickenson

    Rome Dickenson3 kun oldin

    Wait. They poop galaxy?! That's cool.

  16. Kevin Conway

    Kevin Conway4 kun oldin

    "Hey, we would love to sponsor a video!" Great, I'll transition into right after talking about turds!

  17. Malo Otua

    Malo Otua4 kun oldin

    Maybe the Milky Way is inside a giant tardigrade poop

  18. Sarah Marchuk

    Sarah Marchuk4 kun oldin

    You are so funny!!!!

  19. Clay Harris

    Clay Harris4 kun oldin

    Captain tardigrade

  20. ZdrytchX -{Reference

    ZdrytchX -{Reference5 kun oldin

    I've yet to find any tardigrades. Just rotifers everywhere

  21. DankKush420 YeetYeetYeet

    DankKush420 YeetYeetYeet5 kun oldin

    Jerry being extra this episode

  22. Kelimus Prime [Tenshimp]

    Kelimus Prime [Tenshimp]6 kun oldin

    Wait, you forgot the Hideo Kojima tardigrades, they are much larger and pink.... And can float in the air

  23. mukamuka229

    mukamuka2296 kun oldin

    1:42 those eyes are so cute!

  24. DaLilithVampByter On Byte DalilithGetGlitteredShow

    DaLilithVampByter On Byte DalilithGetGlitteredShow6 kun oldin

    👏👏👏👏😆😆😄💖 Amazing!

  25. Still Waters

    Still Waters6 kun oldin

    Yo, quick question broski's.....who Jerry? (I'm new to this channel btw)

  26. Barry Sabahat

    Barry Sabahat7 kun oldin

    Can I hire Jerry as my assistant? He’d screw up a lot but it’s be a barrel of monkeys.

  27. Grace Girl

    Grace Girl7 kun oldin

    They're actually kinda cute... I wonder how many I've inhaled in my life...

  28. TikiHi77

    TikiHi777 kun oldin

    This is my first video and it is great!!

  29. DudeUnperfect

    DudeUnperfect7 kun oldin

    Everyone: Aww cute water bear Me: They have buttholes for mouths

  30. Seth Pulzone

    Seth Pulzone7 kun oldin

    Watching the sponsor clip just to hear franks voice more

  31. Click Clock

    Click Clock8 kun oldin

    I would love to have a snapchat filter that was called "science" but was just a black and white filter

  32. Sydney Webb

    Sydney Webb8 kun oldin

    do u know alphasavior1

  33. Mai8Torch

    Mai8Torch9 kun oldin

    this whole time my brain has been reading “zef-rank-1” he is ze frank. how did i not see this sooner

  34. Joseph Sakala

    Joseph Sakala9 kun oldin


  35. Lucas Barrilleaux

    Lucas Barrilleaux9 kun oldin

    Maybe a giant tardigrade pooped our galaxy.

  36. Orion Thompson

    Orion Thompson9 kun oldin

    Y’all narrator needs a raise… I laughed plethora of times during this video😭😭😭

  37. ginnungagap 979

    ginnungagap 9799 kun oldin

    Can you imagine if tardigrades evolved to be the size of like... Like even a mouse? They'd honestly be very formidable

  38. Sharonmxg

    Sharonmxg9 kun oldin

    never stop doing this.

  39. Alex Serdeliuc

    Alex Serdeliuc10 kun oldin

    Masturbation with consequences?...Are tardigrades blind or pregnant? I missed something there, while sipping on my vodka sippy cup and, background porn was too loud. My hearing and my eyesight are slowly degenerating... Another fun, great clip...Why can't we have more teachers and professors like this, instead of worthless jerks teaching hate, in educational institutions?

  40. Ulgroth nazulgan

    Ulgroth nazulgan10 kun oldin

    That would be a shi**y galaxy to live in

  41. Carlos Pena Mendoza

    Carlos Pena Mendoza10 kun oldin

    Dicky dicky in the sand

  42. matthew franz

    matthew franz10 kun oldin

    Ok is anyone else freaked out that the creature that ran the spore drive in star trek discovery looks like the thumbnail... Was is called a tartegrade also?

  43. Meredith Grubb

    Meredith Grubb10 kun oldin

    Those r some big ass eggs.

  44. I spilled my coffee on the floor

    I spilled my coffee on the floor10 kun oldin

    We might be inside a gigantic water bear's galaxy poop.

  45. Junkyard Juggernaut

    Junkyard Juggernaut10 kun oldin

    Imagine if our universe was farted out by a giant organism...

  46. Jason Wilde

    Jason Wilde10 kun oldin

    "Moss Piglet", The cutest and most docile sounding animal name ever.

  47. Daniel KF

    Daniel KF11 kun oldin

    Cmon jerry

  48. Ouchi Moo

    Ouchi Moo11 kun oldin

    "I'm not a fucking bear!"

  49. ended - random story/animations

    ended - random story/animations11 kun oldin

    i prefer Tardigrade sht theory than bigbang theory

  50. Maurice MotoMan

    Maurice MotoMan12 kun oldin

    It's like dorritos who got individually packaged in glass Poetryh 0_o

  51. Techneique

    Techneique13 kun oldin

    If science and biology class showed videos like THIS?!?! I probably would've passed AP BIO 😃. (or maybe just passed reg Bio.🙄) Or even made it to "Bio for Dummies".......😕 Great stuff Jerry! Thanks.

  52. IsItJustin

    IsItJustin14 kun oldin

    “Jerry that one made a poop” Haven’t laughed that hard in a while

  53. citlalix

    citlalix16 kun oldin

    I was rolling on the floor laughing while learning a lot about tardigrades. Pardon my ignorance. Are you the one doing the voiceover? If so, I love what you said and how you said it. You've embarked on explaining a subject that can be dull, but your way of doing it was riveting and riotous. I enjoyed every second of it. Good job!

  54. COOL Dood

    COOL Dood16 kun oldin

    *"When They Got Back They Just Added Water And They Where Fire And Even Started To Make Babies **_I Dont Mean The Scientist_** I Meant The Tardigrades"*

  55. Sibjm

    Sibjm17 kun oldin

    Funny and educational - this guy rocks

  56. Gabriel Penido

    Gabriel Penido18 kun oldin

    Go Mulholland

  57. Matthew Wilson

    Matthew Wilson18 kun oldin

    I know this is kind of a buzz kill, but it sucks being a nature lover and then having to watch Charmin commercials. They’re one of the worst brands when it comes to making paper from rainforest trees.

  58. MeisterJohnny007

    MeisterJohnny00719 kun oldin

    What if our galaxy, the Milky Way, is just the poop of some gigantic water bear? 🤯

  59. BadChizzle

    BadChizzle19 kun oldin


  60. BLVDES

    BLVDES21 kun oldin

    Forgot this series existed

  61. XxXdeadly sniperXxX 99

    XxXdeadly sniperXxX 9922 kun oldin

    Tardigrades shall become the next evolution of creatures.

  62. ReyG

    ReyG23 kun oldin

    "Masturbation with consequences" That sucks.

  63. David morse

    David morse23 kun oldin

    Lol.”Space!” No such thing! We cannot have a pressure system while next to a vacuum! It’s called thermodynamics!! No vacuum can reside next to a non vacuum without a solid barrier separating them!! FACT! Irrefutable!! Great vids except for all the space agenda and evolution lies! You really think ., yeah ex.. your ‘Ogre’ spider.. “ Margaret?” You really think the complex ogre spiders spinning mechanisms evolved? You have any idea how ridiculous that sounds? When did the eye evolve? Huh? And what force determined it needed eyes!? To see what? When did this Big Bang ( lol the only explosion that made rather Than destroy? Well in the explosions defense it was its first day on the job... smh.. explosions that make things!! Perfect circle moons.. 🤦‍♂️ done here. Love your work still . Especially the behind the scenes people. Thank you . You are hilarious! And viruses aren’t contagious. Proven fact during ww1. NOT CONTAGIOUS! why don’t you help humankind and get your researchers on that!!...

  64. Gaspard Ho

    Gaspard Ho24 kun oldin

    The Tardigrade sucks algae chlorella like me sucking grape jelly from a jelly box!

  65. Nibba John

    Nibba John25 kun oldin

    My career is water and wastewater treatment. Great video.

  66. Foxfire0002

    Foxfire000226 kun oldin

    Doritos packed individually in glass.... not an image I ever wanted to imagine.....

  67. kate carew

    kate carew28 kun oldin

    I just got my tardigrade squishy off Etsy today and had to come back and rewatch, gotta know all the deets about my desktop tchotchkes 😂

  68. Char Shark

    Char SharkOy oldin

    Gods creation 👍

  69. Char Shark

    Char Shark29 kun oldin

    @RobertMuldooJP lol

  70. RobertMuldooJP

    RobertMuldooJP29 kun oldin

    @Char Shark oh...thought you meant Zeus or maybe Vishnu

  71. Char Shark

    Char Shark29 kun oldin

    @RobertMuldooJP Yashewah

  72. RobertMuldooJP

    RobertMuldooJP29 kun oldin

    @Char Shark you'll have to be more specific...there are so many....

  73. Char Shark

    Char SharkOy oldin

    @RobertMuldooJP the only one

  74. ahmedmujtaba007

    ahmedmujtaba007Oy oldin

    Think masturbation with 'consequences' 9:59

  75. _BabyCakes SweetCheex00

    _BabyCakes SweetCheex00Oy oldin

    This is BY FAR my favorite!!!

  76. Rasdan Handel

    Rasdan HandelOy oldin

    Tardigrade looks disgustingly cute.

  77. Bunny, Easter

    Bunny, EasterOy oldin

    "Think masturbation, with consequences" *oh no*

  78. Prairie Rider

    Prairie RiderOy oldin

    Still waiting for “this is how Jerry do” clip😂

  79. Prairie Rider

    Prairie RiderOy oldin

    Tartigrades are not real bears but related to the South American bears😂😂😂😂😂😂

  80. Christopher Hall

    Christopher HallOy oldin

    Just brilliant. I have not laughed so hard in a while, and learned a lot too. Thank you.

  81. Licinius Varrus

    Licinius VarrusOy oldin

    the tiniest "piglet" poops galaxies, dang wow

  82. You shouldn’t Care

    You shouldn’t CareOy oldin

    These little bears are gonna outlive all of us and humanity

  83. Ferria

    FerriaOy oldin


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    FerriaOy oldin


  85. BookGirlCNY

    BookGirlCNYOy oldin

    “Don’t mess with the Moss Piglet!” 5:21 Lol. Words to live by.

  86. Janese Killebrew

    Janese KillebrewOy oldin

    😂sucking it down like a kale Capri sun 🤣🐛🥰 I love learning from comedy 🤣

  87. vv

    vvOy oldin

    Where is the Russians subtitles??😖

  88. xXEilonwyXx

    xXEilonwyXxOy oldin

    I wish my shit looked like a lil' galaxy... I'd stare into the toilet with even more wonder each time I took a dump! ^_^

  89. Travis Keena

    Travis KeenaOy oldin

    Prettiest poop ever!

  90. Tim R

    Tim ROy oldin

    They are oddly cute.

  91. James Remington

    James RemingtonOy oldin

    anyone know on average how many of these dragon bears people drink daily?

  92. Kristy Hatfield

    Kristy HatfieldOy oldin


  93. Germie Napkins24

    Germie Napkins24Oy oldin

    Attenborough has NOTHING on this show...MUCH LOVE.. instantly Subbed❤️❤️❤️

  94. Uno Carb

    Uno CarbOy oldin

    I wanna hear about their BEBES!!

  95. Jane Workman

    Jane WorkmanOy oldin

    This is hilarious and brilliant. Education with the draw of humor. I'm going to Curiosity Stream!!

  96. Valandar2

    Valandar2Oy oldin

    Side note: Gatorade IS good for a hangover ( 7:17 )

  97. bobloblaw4life

    bobloblaw4lifeOy oldin

    "Do you like curiosity?" Not particularly, but I'm curious. Tell me more

  98. Breadz

    BreadzOy oldin

    Another member of the incredibles

  99. Azmon Bored

    Azmon BoredOy oldin

    There was a water bear plushie Amazon was selling, I bought one without knowing much about water bears and the real thing isn’t as cute.

  100. MOLE

    MOLEOy oldin

    The bs attempt at comedy makes this un watchable

  101. Frog in A bucket

    Frog in A bucketOy oldin

    *S M A L L*

  102. Mr. Bear

    Mr. BearOy oldin

    are they called Tardigrade because they arrive late? ... ...i'll see myself out.

  103. Xlaxsauce

    XlaxsauceOy oldin

    Imagine if Tardigrade poop were universes with galaxies then atoms are solar systems aand quarks are the planets n stuff. They are just too small to measure differences

  104. BaldGunGuy

    BaldGunGuy2 oy oldin

    "Ya can't just put a bar there that says small,it doesn't work that way" I foresee Jerry losing his shit and climbing a clock tower.

  105. Jerry Pocha

    Jerry Pocha2 oy oldin

    I do deserve a raise. Who's with me?

  106. nikki willis

    nikki willis2 oy oldin

    I like moss piglets

  107. Germie Napkins24

    Germie Napkins24Oy oldin

    I like turtle's...

  108. Jacob Shore

    Jacob Shore2 oy oldin

    Hello Mullholand! (Kipo and the age of Wonderbeasts reference.)

  109. Orlando Paço

    Orlando Paço2 oy oldin

    Mother Earth's ferry, the beginner's of life of the water.

  110. ElVargo

    ElVargo2 oy oldin

    Whats The final song?

  111. Germie Napkins24

    Germie Napkins24Oy oldin

    MUSIC:​​ “BackBay Lounge” by Kevin MacLeod

  112. P R

    P R2 oy oldin

    I feel like we are just microscopic organisms to some other form of life