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This is Jake the Water Bear, and this is one of my favorite clips.


Jake is a cutie I found some time ago and I posted about him a couple of times. But wanted to post him once again, because I feel like posting it again, so please excuse me. Jake’s belly is full of things he ate and they shine under the polarized light, and there are so many euglenids and green algae swimming around, so probably he was eating them too.


I named Jake after a character from my favorite show, Adventure Time. In the show, Jake the Dog is magic dog and I thought this water bear looks like a dog and it looked magical under the polarized light.


Jake is not immortal, and he is probably dead already but I intend to keep him popular in my posts. This week I was taking a break and not preparing new clips for Instagram but sharing some of my favorite posts. I’ve been checking my microscope for hours everyday as usual, and recorded some interesting things, which I’ll share with you all soon.


Thank you so much for reading.

Best,

James Weiss


Merlin’s bony knees! My book is out for pre-order! And please keep watching to see the book cover!


When I was a kid, I was so obsessed with animals, and my dream was to live in Africa and write books about the wild animals. Everyone from those days still remembers me as the kid who did a bunch of things involving animals, like watching ants for hours, saving earthworms from drowning, hiding tadpoles in a bucket behind the closet, and many many more stories.


I didn’t end up somewhere in Africa but found the same excitement in a drop of pond water far away from where I was born. Life is so strange, you look for something meaningful all your life in everywhere you can think of and then you find it somewhere utterly unexpected, I found mine in pond scum.


Seeing all these living things in a drop of water changed my perception about everything, cured my C-PTSD, my depression and my loneliness, it even led me to the love of my life, to my fiancée.


When I received the book deal over a year ago, I didn’t comprehend the meaning of this right away, but then my fiancée told me that my work will survive decades after I am gone, then it hit me. There will be some curious kids seeking solace in nature, like I was, and they will stumble upon my book sitting on a bookshelf one day, and when they crack it open they will meet a whole new world. That’s really meaningful for me.


Please check the link in my bio to pre-order it on Amazon, even if you don’t want to pre-order it, put it in your basket so Amazon can give a larger order for their warehouses. The book will be released on June 8, also they will be available in many bookstores in the US, Canada, UK and Australia.


I am so excited for this, and thank you for reading!

Best,

James Weiss


This is a single-celled organism eating another one. What would you think if you see this happening in a much bigger scale? The predator is a Bursaria, and it hunts like a Roomba, swims around and sucks living things into its mouth, then into its cell belly to digest them.

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Bursaria has a giant mouth, and many hair-like structures called cilia, Bursaria beats those cilia to create a vortex that pulls things into its mouth. And the prey is a Paramecium, it’s a super common fella in the microworld and many things feed on them while Paramecium feed on bacteria.

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Can you see how fast Paramecium dies? Isn’t it kinda unsettling? I am really glad we don’t have natural predators like these. I am so tired today, and kinda not in a good mood. My cat, Sirius, accidentally tipped a jar of pond water all over himself. He was soaked! We had to take a bath to clean him up, and then it took so long to dry him up. We are exhausted, and his brother, Lupin, couldn’t care less, he kept zooming. I love my cats so much!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Best,

James Weiss