Looking for a nerdy and obscure gag gift for a science-minded friend? How about a plushie of the toughest organism on earth? There's a motherlode of tardigrade plushies on this Japanese site.
They even got the mouth right:
The creator tried to be as accurate as possible, seeking guidance from professor Kazuharu Arakawa at Keio University.
Some comparison shopping found a few fancifully colored options with cute anime eyes, but discerning tardigrade lovers will want the anatomically correct ones.
The brown option is nice, too:
• クマムシぬいぐるみ [stuffed tardigrades] (Village/Vanguard)
Enjoy the microscopy in this video ab0ut adorable tardigrades (aka water bears or moss piglets). One cool fact about these hardy 500 micron critters: each of their eyes is a single photoreceptive cell. Image: YouTube
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