Tardigrades live - outside (part III, interpretation)
fig. 1: Photograph taken in Croatia during a tourists' dolphin tour near Rovinj, in the Northern Adriatic Sea.
Well, at first we were really proud of this photograph:
taken with an old 300 mm objective in the evening (low-light ...),
and definitely at the right moment.
Notably without autofocus. But, soberly speaking this photograph isn't more
than merely a personal souvenir. There are thousands of similar and better photographs
of dolphins spread all over the internet. Besides, it was a highly emotional
encounter, supported by some sweet Croatian wine. But why publish it?
Fig. 2: View through a 30 US $ stereo microscope (a low magnification dissecting microscope) onto a cement wall in wet state.
Fig. 3: A two individuums' expedition through difficult terrain? Detail of fig. 2. Please note that this is a highly over-magnified view, with the photograph taken just by holding a CCD camera above one of the eye-pieces. The actual visual impression was much better. The two tardigrades were crawling through the water layer of the wet cement surface into the same direction. It was even possible to see the tiny claws in action! This is not 5k res, not 4k res, even worse than webcam - but nevertheless fascinating.
The two photographs shown above are definitely of very low technical quality.
Nevertheless they are well able to provide thrilling insight into tardigrade
life: possibly you have already seen one of those videos where an orca whale
is approaching a beach in order to prey on sea lions? The orca scenario looks
like an autobus emerging out of the water, still being surrounded by a small
layer of water.
© Text, images and video clips by
Martin Mach (email@example.com).