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(V) Nervous stress - also in the miniature world!
In contrast to some terribly stupid internet fake news tardigrades are
not immortal: similar to us humans they can fall ill and die. Parasites and diseases
are ubiquiteous in the tardigrade world as well (similar to our COVID driven world).
One drawback of the miniature living is that the bacteria you will encounter
are rather big (kind of "sausage size" when seen with the eyes of a tardigrade).
Moreover we think that the tardigrades are well able to feel discomfort or stress.
Just have a look at the clip below. This marine Batillipes tardigrade
clearly appears to feeling uncomfortable (besides this clip is a proof that some tardigrades
are actually able to move backwards!).
Please accept that we did use some kind of video "antique" filter,
just in order to camouflage some flaws of the video. Nevertheless you will be able to get
the message, right?