Water Bears rock out

Water Bears are some of nature's most durable microscopic creatures, capable of surviving almost anywhere, including the vast reaches of space. They are also extremely cute and have inspired a song by the band, Ekoostik Hookah.

(Thanks, Robin Kolnicki!)



  1. Get out of my head! I was just researching tardigrade crybiosis for an interview. Did you know they can survive temps as low as -273 degrees C? That’s 0.15 degrees above absolute zero! Rock on (frozen) water bears.

    1. They can survive at 0.15K? How about at 0.14K? Hard to believe. They must not have much water in them to be able to do that, despite their name.

      1. “Water bear” is because they live in water. They do have a normal amount of water in them, but if you punted a normal water bear into space, I’m pretty sure it would die in short order. It’s their special inactive stages that are so durable.

  2. Water bears are cute, but electron microscope photos are a little creepy. I could do with more footage of live creatures, instead of photographs of posed corpses. They’re big enough not to need them!

  3. I have been famaliar with this band since the late 90’s. They have festivals at the beginning and end of every summer called “Hookahville” just outside of Columbus, Ohio. Always a HELLUVA good time.
    (Not to mention an annual set of shows in Negril, Jamaica. I never was able to make it there though. *sob*)
    Sadly the bassist, Cliff, just announced a couple of weeks ago that he is leaving the band. SDTL Cliffy!

  4. Great band, great song, fun Video Steve! I can only imagine what you could do with this now that you have that training under your belt. Not the red hot or the ice cold….can destroy the waterbear!

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