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True Facts: The Incredible Tardigrade

  • Published on Feb 3, 2021 veröffentlicht
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    This video was made in collaboration with Benedikt Pleyer, who is a gifted microscopist and has a wonderful contagious passion for discovering the incredible worlds that exist all around us. He has introduced me to all sorts of new creatures and I am fortunate to have met him.
    Kita Williams reached out to me almost a year ago with her amazing Tardigrade footage, and I am so happy that she did. She has a knack for capturing these animals in way that gives them so much personality!
    Bob Goldstein runs a lab at UNC Chapel Hill and has done incredible work on the Tardigrade (and much more.) He was kind enough to review my work to make sure I didn't screw the science up too much! I wish I could have included more of his work on the evolution of Tardigrades - but I hope to do that in a future episode on arthropods.
    Thank you to the following for publishing their images
    under the CC license, it is a huge contribution to
    science communication.
    Water bear (tardigrade), Hypsibius dujardini,
    scanning electron micrograph by
    Bob Goldstein and Vicky Madden.
    Scanning electron micrograph of active hydrated
    Echiniscoides sigismundi by Thomas L. Sørensen-Hygum,
    Robyn M. Stuart, Aslak Jørgensen & Nadja Møbjerg.
    New Echiniscidae (Heterotardigrada) from Amber
    Mountain (Northern Madagascar) by Gąsiorek P, Vončina K (2019)
    Thank you to all of my Patreon patrons for the
    patience, support and feedback
    “BackBay Lounge” by
    Kevin MacLeod
    Additional footage used under
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Comments • 4 999

  • Ze Frank
    Ze Frank  2 years ago +3451

    Happy to be sponsored by Curiosity Stream. They have great content at a great price. Check them out and sign up at curiositystream.com/zefrank :)

  • Emmy Hynes
    Emmy Hynes 2 years ago +4077

    we don’t know when he’ll appear but he never disappoints

    • Theo Dious
      Theo Dious 2 years ago +26


    • SIDA
      SIDA 2 years ago +13

      He only posts when he needs money

    • Clibothy
      Clibothy 2 years ago +5

      @Theo Dious where’s frank

    • John Peluso
      John Peluso 2 years ago +19

      It's the only notification I get that I need to stop everything for lol

    • The Hermit
      The Hermit 2 years ago +13

      Its like a very eloquent and funny meteor shower

  • thomas hygum
    thomas hygum 2 years ago +2378

    Hello there
    I am Sørensen-Hygum, coauthor of one of the papers you cite. I just want to say that I am very happy and impressed with your video. It is a really great feeling to see my research become part of an educational youtube video. I am really proud of that scanning electron micrograph of Echiniscoides sigismundi and seeing it reproduced makes me happy.

    • thomas hygum
      thomas hygum 2 years ago +286

      I like that you are able to make research, both mine and other’s, more accessible by applying humor and more everyday language than we can get away with in research papers.
      In particular it made me extremely happy to see you thank us for publishing under a CC license as doing so was a decision that I had to push a little bit for and one that cost my supervisor a lot of money.

    • thomas hygum
      thomas hygum 2 years ago +256

      I do want to raise a few points. You state that tardigrades can dry out for decades and this is almost certainly true, but it is also somewhat misleading. It is true in that a few tardigrades may well recover after such extended periods but there is currently no solid proof of it. Note also that when I say a few tardigrades, I really do mean a few, dont expect to put 100 dry tardigrades into storage for 30 years and get 100 live ones out, you will be lucky to have 1 live animal after such a long time. However 1 live animal is enough to found a new population if the species is parthenogentic!

    • thomas hygum
      thomas hygum 2 years ago +190

      I would also like to add that the paper of mine you cited actually demonstrates that drying on a glass surface is extremely toxic to Echiniscoides sigismundi(a heterotardigrade) likely because of fundamental interaction that applies to other tardigrades too. I have done some experiments demonstrating that the same is true for Richtersius coronifer(a eutardigrade), though the results have never been published.

    • thomas hygum
      thomas hygum 2 years ago +204

      Lastly I am very happy to see that you quoted Gąsiorek and Vončina. They are both extremely talented and very nice and it is great to see them get some recognition.
      Sorry for posting this in so many posts, but youtube would not allow me to post them all in one.

    • scout360pyroz
      scout360pyroz 2 years ago +46

      @thomas hygum do you suspect the glass alters the chemical/protein preparations the tardigrade makes, or do you think it might be altering the behavior(movement, evaporation) of the water to make it dry out faster than the tardigrade can adapt?
      I would think the depressurization in space would cause far more rapid evaporation of the water, and I dont know of many organic friendly chemicals that interact with glass, but off the top of my head those are the possibilities that spring to mind.

  • RoraimaRain
    RoraimaRain 2 years ago +1913

    I'm a biologist and this: "Intrinsically Disordered Proteins don't have a defined shape and are Floppy Floppy like cooked spaghetti. These seem to act almost like Styrofoam packing noodles, holding organelles in place and making sure things don't stick together as the cell shrinks" --what a genius explanation

    • vignesh kr
      vignesh kr 2 years ago +124

      I'm a microbiology student and I wish I was tutored by someone like him. That could have been hilarious.

    • Ripley HRGiger
      Ripley HRGiger 2 years ago +92

      I had a science teacher like him in middle-school. I wish all teachers approached topics like this because it's fun and makes it easier to remember these things.

    • Peter Smythe
      Peter Smythe 2 years ago +27

      "don't have a defined shape"
      Prion diseases: *visible concern*

    • Robert Andersen
      Robert Andersen 2 years ago +52

      They say that the sign of true genius is taking a complex process and explaining it in a way that anyone can understand.

    • Lord Felidae
      Lord Felidae 2 years ago +5

      It’s such an apt description!

  • Grace Gilbert
    Grace Gilbert 2 years ago +1044

    As a design student, putting a scale bar that just says "small" is aspirational. You do you, Jerry. You know how to save time, Jerry.

    • KodÄk
      KodÄk Year ago +19

      "Small" bar must be labeled "not to scale"

    • Goompo
      Goompo Year ago +22

      That’s how the Jerry do

    • Helen L
      Helen L Year ago +15

      @KodÄk what if he'd put "very small"? Would that fix it? 😜

  • Tim Kinney
    Tim Kinney 2 years ago +200

    I just watched like 10 of these videos about tardigrades and none of them explained a damn thing about how they do what they do, this video answered every single question I had while also being hilarious. Thank you for this. I'm officially a huge fan. Keep up the good work!

  • Md Talha Ansari
    Md Talha Ansari 2 years ago +2316

    "Science isn't a style of photography, Jerry"
    Hubble Space Telescope: _stands up and leaves_

    • Peter Smythe
      Peter Smythe 2 years ago +54

      Tardigrade poop crystals has joined the chat.

    • Nionyx
      Nionyx 2 years ago +22

      *blue planet disagrees with that statement*

    • BookGirlNY
      BookGirlNY 2 years ago +5


    • AssenajBlueBird
      AssenajBlueBird 2 years ago +4


    • Md Talha Ansari
      Md Talha Ansari Year ago

      YTisleftwingpropaganda Really Are you referring to 'science' and 'photography' or 'standing up' and 'leaving'?

  • Yatagarasu-dono
    Yatagarasu-dono 2 years ago +7803

    Jerry deserves a raise for all the effort he put into making those models.

    • trueherbsman
      trueherbsman 2 years ago +78

      Jerry's snafu's are entertainment in their own right! right Jerr'!

    • Laird Cummings
      Laird Cummings 2 years ago +19


    • captainweekend
      captainweekend 2 years ago +156

      "No Jerry, we can't sell it as merch, it has staples in it" 😂🤣

    • mechwarrior13
      mechwarrior13 2 years ago +107

      I died at the "small" scale hahaha

    • lena pistone
      lena pistone 2 years ago +18

      yeah, but I kinda like the underdog, Dave.

  • Jason Wilde
    Jason Wilde 2 years ago +290

    "Moss Piglet", The cutest and most docile sounding animal name ever.

    • Deanholder De
      Deanholder De Year ago +12

      They are unusually cute for bugs.

    • Jason Wilde
      Jason Wilde Year ago +13

      @Deanholder De Chances are if you have ever been in the forest or a pond you have had intimate contact with them. They are adorable for "Bugs".

  • Ice Magician GH
    Ice Magician GH 2 years ago +128

    In middle school, my class went into the mountains for a field trip. We took samples of water from streams to look at the microorganisms there. I was one of two people who actually got to see a Water Bear.
    And, yes, I saw it poop as well.
    Mine wasn’t as magical of an experience.

    • jonel filipek
      jonel filipek 2 months ago +1

      I am your 100th like. Greetings from the future.

  • Roller Dirvy
    Roller Dirvy 2 years ago +1361

    “It looks like a galaxy.”
    Is our whole universe *a water bear’s poop???*

  • Michel Javert
    Michel Javert 2 years ago +149

    The fascinating but decidedly weird thing about these creatures is that at some point the species encountered conditions where temperatures were that low and radiation levels were that high, that they had to adapt to them.

    • Robbie Rotten
      Robbie Rotten Year ago +19

      @Wild Side of Things scientists did a study to test whether tardigrades could survive space travel at the required speeds and re-entry. The answer was no, the little guys got turned into dust

    • Yvette Worrall
      Yvette Worrall 11 months ago +6

      One key question. If tardigrades (are they always a little - late??) have such survival skills, how is their population level managed?
      Can they be successfully eaten/destroyed?

    • Joshua Fischer
      Joshua Fischer 9 months ago +26

      @Robbie Rotten That isn't necessarily the case. It could be that the adaptations they developed to counter less cold temperatures and lower radiation levels are just so effective that they can stand up to much more extreme conditions as well. Just because a species is capable of withstanding something doesn't NECESSARILY mean it evolved with that extreme level of stress as an evolutionary filter.

  • punkhazard
    punkhazard 2 years ago +30

    I for one Jerry, greatly enjoyed your DIY Tardigrades. Very well done.

  • Equal Rights Lefts & Uppercuts.

    Jerry is getting more creative. We should encourage him, unlike David.

    • pvic
      pvic 2 years ago +48

      I like jerry and his antics

    • ALEXANDER1318
      ALEXANDER1318 2 years ago +42

      He must have had his crotch-unicorn replaced recently. How else could he be so creative suddenly?

    • 2degucitas
      2degucitas 2 years ago +9

      Who is David?

  • Danielle King
    Danielle King 2 years ago +6

    This was *WAY* more educational than most of his other videos. Like I was genuinely feeling like I was watching a real documentary, lol

  • Ava Kole
    Ava Kole 2 years ago +41

    i used to be obsessed w true facts in high school-- crazy how all these years later the series continues and is just as funny! nothing will ever beat the sea pig in my heart tho

    • Dawn Seeker
      Dawn Seeker 2 months ago

      true facts about ducks is my favorite

    RC COOK 2 years ago +6

    I love the "gummigrade" that Jerry prepared. The juicer for the mouth and the visible scotch tape is so extra!😂

  • Victor Arriaga
    Victor Arriaga 2 years ago +234

    No wonder water bears are so durable. They have the infinity stones inside them!

  • Scott Conwell
    Scott Conwell 2 years ago +5

    Glad to hear Jerry's on the job. One of the most alien-looking critters I've ever seen. These videos are like gold; this one is no exception!

    • Tranquil thoughts
      Tranquil thoughts 2 months ago

      Pretty much anything at the microscopic level is extremly alien looking^^

  • Cheng Teoh
    Cheng Teoh 2 years ago +4059

    Poor Jerry, all he's trying to do is expand his artistic repertoire by creating those delightfully weird looking models.
    "No we can't sell that as merch Jerry" ... aw darn, I would have happily paid for Jerry's delectable work of art, who else is with me?

    • LokiTheMischievous22
      LokiTheMischievous22 2 years ago +64

      I would be all in on some of Jerry’s merch. They’re adorable

    • justanotherchannelonyoutube
      justanotherchannelonyoutube 2 years ago +76

      That is how Jerry do

    • Cheng Teoh
      Cheng Teoh 2 years ago +47

      @justanotherchannelonyoutube indeed, that's how he do do. hopefully he continues to make more models in future episodes.

    • Iam Inyourhome
      Iam Inyourhome 2 years ago +25

      I want a jerry face reveal

    • 2degucitas
      2degucitas 2 years ago +16

      Well, yes, but my kids have honored me with plenty of Play Doh statues.

  • Maxwell i
    Maxwell i 5 months ago +12

    As a child I saw a tartigrade in a magazine they horrified me, now I find that they still terrify me

  • Scott Buchanan
    Scott Buchanan 2 years ago +17

    I love how I actually learn things from you. Octonauts taught me waterbears existed, you literally taught me cellular analysis on them. I love you.

  • Clarke Corvo
    Clarke Corvo 5 months ago +20

    all joking aside, i had no idea these little critters are that adorable and awesome

  • Jessie Obien
    Jessie Obien 2 years ago +11

    "Science isn't a style of photography, Jerry!" I love your little quips. 😂
    I was laughing and learning at the same time. Fascinating and hilarious content as always.

  • Naraku Kagewaki
    Naraku Kagewaki 2 years ago +4

    I had a phobia of these for some reason growing up and this was a very nice way to get positive exposure thank you 🥺

  • Clockwork Kirlia
    Clockwork Kirlia 2 years ago +752

    "Science isn't a style of photography, Jerry."
    That's a genuinely fantastic quote. Much like this entire episode.

    • E T
      E T 2 years ago +14

      Another. “It’s like masturbation with consequences”
      Tears. Just tears with laughter.

    • Md Talha Ansari
      Md Talha Ansari 2 years ago +4

      Hubble Space Telescope has left this party.

    • Úna Parkinson
      Úna Parkinson 2 years ago

      I loved the not-even-mentioned "J" in that photo

  • Key Of all worlds
    Key Of all worlds 2 years ago +44

    Did anyone notice how zefrank’s voice has gotten more light pitched over the years for “true facts”?

  • Lisa Peterson
    Lisa Peterson 2 years ago +6

    I love “Jerry”’s attempts at model tardigrades! 🥰

  • Crimson Link
    Crimson Link 8 months ago

    You never disappoint Zefrank! Another epic educational video to ensnare my senses!

  • Anita Reilly
    Anita Reilly 2 years ago +7

    That was the most amazing footage of tardigrades I’ve ever seen! Awesome commentary too as usual.

  • Tamra Engle
    Tamra Engle 2 years ago +1

    I love your explanation of animals, insects or fish or lots of other things. I actually learn alot. Your very inspirational,

  • Nonth Suriyan
    Nonth Suriyan 2 years ago +252

    I like how “getting very dead” is a technical term for an animal losing 97% of its water

  • PapillonOne
    PapillonOne 2 years ago +1

    Love the viewer comments and I am so glad you keep showing back up Ze.... your videos are so funny and endearing! I especially titter like crazy when you pronounce the word "bbabies" the way you do! I also was glad to see you use your patreon account in such a productive way. Plotting world domination is extremely important and I look forward to seeing you move forward with that goal. I am sure the world will be a much better place dominated by you so good luck with that!! ♥

  • Ciani Patrice
    Ciani Patrice 2 years ago +13

    I would sincerely pay to watch documentaries about anything with you as the voice over. You would be a great teacher.

  • JA Chins
    JA Chins 9 months ago

    Well produced, well explained, and the humor, OMG! I love this channel!

  • Brandon Dollar
    Brandon Dollar 2 years ago +270

    you can tell, Jerry is trying his best.

  • Trang Do
    Trang Do 2 years ago +44

    The tardigrade lives up to my mom's wise words "just drink water and you'll be fine"

  • dillonbuford
    dillonbuford 2 years ago +1326

    Can we appreciate that this man started in the early days or Clip-Share: before ads, professional Clip-Share's, when Clip-Share was basically America's funniest home videos, left for years, return in a time when Clip-Share was basically a television network, did the exact same thing as before, and was successful.

    • Jann Weitman
      Jann Weitman 2 years ago +26

      Dear Kitten....

    • soupalex
      soupalex 2 years ago +17

      @Jann Weitman quite a while before that, even

    • Chillava
      Chillava 2 years ago +10

      I hadn't realized that. That's really cool.

    • Neruz
      Neruz 2 years ago +75

      True quality never dies, it merely enters cryptobiosis and waits for the moment to strike.

    • Sulayman Mujaahid
      Sulayman Mujaahid 2 years ago +31

      Thats how the Zafrank do

  • bash
    bash 2 years ago +5

    I love these little fellas, I’m so glad you’re still making these.
    I remember my dad showing the chameleon one to me when it came out and it’s how I discovered your channel.
    Wish he was here so I could send him these videos again

  • Melinda Frazer
    Melinda Frazer Year ago +1

    Jerry really cracked me up in this one. brilliant job guys. I find these so informative (with a bit of fun thrown in)

  • Hugh Ganis
    Hugh Ganis Year ago

    your videos are amazing. Educational and hilarious and it doesn't delve too deep into the technical side of how everything happens which makes it much more retainable and much more entertaining. Keep it up zefrank1 you're amazing!!

  • 1701echopapa
    1701echopapa Month ago

    This is the most hilarious series of nature videos I have EVER seen! Never stop!

  • Artsy Apple
    Artsy Apple 2 years ago +1

    Please do more true facts with microfauna! I love it and i love learning about them!

  • lotofmalarkey
    lotofmalarkey 2 years ago +614

    I love that zefrank is collaborating with real scientists to make these now

    • Affan Sami
      Affan Sami 2 years ago +49

      Got to make it accurate while being funny so people learn something

    • Laird Cummings
      Laird Cummings 2 years ago +65

      Other 'way 'round: Scientists are collaborating with zefrank!

    • Heretic Waffle
      Heretic Waffle 2 years ago +13

      He has been for a while? I swear he collaborated with that Dr tongue guy for the lizard video

    • lotofmalarkey
      lotofmalarkey 2 years ago +20

      @Heretic Waffle you’re correct! His leafhopper one was also a tribute to a scientist that had recently died.

  • Oki
    Oki 2 years ago

    I WISH I COULD FAVE THIS MORE THAN ONCE!!?!? I have loved waterbears since I was in high school and have plushies of them, but I've never seen such great footage of them before! Thank you so much for covering these awesome lil beans!!!

  • Jareth Norman
    Jareth Norman 2 years ago +57

    "What was your earliest memory?" Bahahaha!
    This show is hilarious and "Jerry" is a treasure

    • Kreptic
      Kreptic 2 years ago

      Some call it junk, but I call it treasure

  • Lesley Logan
    Lesley Logan Year ago +3

    I just stumbled upon the True Facts collection the other day while looking for more more more nature docs, which I have been huffing like the hummingbird do with sugar. I'm thrilled that you have made so many of them, that you use flora and fauna that are recognizable, as well as the whhaaa bugs, cellular huhs, and animals soon to be extinct. You crack me so completely up. and there ain't much to laugh about these days. I'm gonna join the Curiosity Stream, which sounds right up --or down--my alley, but mostly I am doing it to make sure you keep working. Jerry too. Oh to be a copulating exotic fly on the wall of your rehearsals! Mille grazie

  • Khalid the pro
    Khalid the pro 2 years ago

    I just love the way you narrate your videos. It's funny to watch and not boring like typical doco's where they sound like zoned out zombies.

  • Meredith Mitchell
    Meredith Mitchell 2 years ago +2

    I’m studying entomology in college right now, and honestly it’s crazy how many structures in the tardigrade are the same/similar to ones in insects

    • Grimble
      Grimble 2 years ago +1

      Convergent evolution be wildin

    • Meredith Mitchell
      Meredith Mitchell 2 years ago +1

      @Grimble I was curious, so I looked up how closely related tardigrades and arthropods(phylum that includes insects, crustaceans, spiders, scorpions, etc). It turns out that it’s most likely that tardigrades are an ancient form related to the ancestor to arthropods!
      (Info from Wikipedia)

  • ∆0I
    ∆0I 2 years ago +92

    Zefrank should be awarded an oscar or something... This guy is a living legend.

  • Lauren Kay
    Lauren Kay Year ago +2

    This is SO incredible! I LOVE these little water bears/moss pigs 😍

  • Cynthia Fischer
    Cynthia Fischer 4 months ago

    Even the smallest creatures are made interesting thanks to Ze Franklin. Thank you for this!

  • Dreshanda
    Dreshanda 7 months ago

    You have such a soothing and consistent voice. What sort of vocal exercises do you do before recording a video? Any tips on how to maintain a consistent vocal tone throughout an entire recording? I really look to your videos as references when practicing my voice-over voice, but I'm still too nervous to start a vocal portfolio.
    I also love the amount of research you put into these True Facts videos. Thank you for educating and entertaining us all!

  • Quarter Acre Adventures
    Quarter Acre Adventures 2 years ago +1

    I love this. It's such a treat whenever ZeFrank posts anything ;)

  • creeper
    creeper Year ago +2

    Thank you for the new tardigrade video. Feel free to feature these little guys often. They're always entertaining.

  • schonnj
    schonnj 2 years ago +71

    "For most creatures the technical term for this would be 'getting very dead'".
    Pure gold.

    • Danielle King
      Danielle King 2 years ago

      That part cracked me up the most out of the whole video. 🤣

  • Stephanie Mitchell
    Stephanie Mitchell 2 years ago +6

    I've been fascinated by these creatures for over a decade! The amount of information we can learn from a species that can survive radiation, dehydration, extremes of temperature, and the void of space, is limitless. They needed more public exposure to pique the interest of young aspiring scientists/biologists, and this video may finally do just that!

  • Sin Sity Sinderella
    Sin Sity Sinderella 2 years ago +1

    I love Tardigrades! I think they are so amazing. Thanks for teaching me more about them. I've loved and shared your videos since I first discovered your Sad Cat Diary. Your voice and manner of speaking are the best 😁

  • Samantha
    Samantha 2 years ago +3

    I freakin love these! Just stumbled across one by accident and subscribed straight up! Wish our science classes were like this when I was at school. I might have actually learnt something

  • Caleb Onstead
    Caleb Onstead 2 years ago +1

    You are the best Ze 😂 I've been in a depressed funk lately but this video perked me up a bit. Thank you for knowing what's funny. 😂😁

  • alphatheathlete
    alphatheathlete Year ago

    I'm currently in Biochem, and having this man as a prof would make things so much easier 😆

  • Erik Amézquita
    Erik Amézquita 2 years ago +956

    "For most creatures the technical term for this [being completely dried out] would be getting very dead"
    I lost it.

    • Ryan Rigley
      Ryan Rigley 2 years ago +2

      Lost what

    • Mothbean
      Mothbean 2 years ago +25

      @Ryan Rigley It, can you not read?

    • Khan DMO
      Khan DMO 2 years ago +1

      Lost what

    • Barabel22
      Barabel22 2 years ago +11

      @Khan DMO You’ve never heard the term “I lost it”?😳 It means they burst out laughing...

    • Khan DMO
      Khan DMO 2 years ago +1

      @Barabel22 it’s not funny though

  • Kelly Connelly
    Kelly Connelly 2 years ago +1

    I can honestly cannot get enough of these videos. I laugh so hard everytime and just deeply appreciate the original content and the smiles the whole thing gives me!
    Thank you zefrank!

  • Manj369
    Manj369 Year ago

    Oh wow...I am almost at a loss for words, laughing and in pure enjoyment of the so far 3:47 I've watched. @Zefrank1, the music, production, the everything, your voice....THANK YOU INFINITELY is all

  • Scott Owens
    Scott Owens 3 months ago +1

    Highly informative and hilarious. You keep doing you cause your really doing us.
    A favor 😉

  • Erica Polo
    Erica Polo 2 years ago +8

    My son got me hooked on this channel. Never a dull moment. I'm always laughing while learning, which is (IMO) the BEST way to learn. 😅

  • Ace Of Kpop
    Ace Of Kpop 2 years ago +3

    Zefrank's voice is always music to my ears, even with the wit and scientific knowledge 😍

  • Demosthenes10101
    Demosthenes10101 2 years ago +35

    To be a fan of Zefrank, one must be like a Tardigrade.....able to wait long periods with nothing and able to spring back to life when something comes. I've waited SO long for this episode....both for the tardigrades and Ze Frank!

  • citlalix
    citlalix 2 years ago

    I was rolling on the floor laughing while learning a lot about tardigrades.
    Pardon my ignorance. Are you the one doing the voiceover? If so, I love what you said and how you said it. You've embarked on explaining a subject that can be dull, but your way of doing it was riveting and riotous. I enjoyed every second of it. Good job!

  • Gelbadaya H. Sneach
    Gelbadaya H. Sneach 2 years ago +64

    YAAAAY! You finally did a video on my favorite animal! I watched this while holding my giant plush tardigrade and eating pizza. It made up for my crappy day at work.

    • Kreptic
      Kreptic 2 years ago +1

      You need to grow up, imagine hugging a plush as an adult with a job.

    • Gelbadaya H. Sneach
      Gelbadaya H. Sneach 2 years ago +20

      @Kreptic LOL! Nah, gonna keep doing what I want. What some stranger thinks should define me as an adult is no concern of mine. Doubly so when that person only knows a few out-of-context facts about me.
      Much love! Take care! ❤

    • Kreptic
      Kreptic 2 years ago

      @Gelbadaya H. Sneach Coating your comment in positiveness still doesn't change the fact that you hug children toys as an adult, which you should stop before it fires back at you.

    • Kreptic
      Kreptic 2 years ago +1

      @Gelbadaya H. Sneach But who am I kidding, I should've known people with furry pics are never intelligent to follow simple instructions and words.

  • ts6258
    ts6258 2 years ago +1

    Loved the narration. Haven't laughed so hard in a while. Glad I did learn quite a bit about these little creatures. I had heard about them but didn't know their name.

  • Lisa Schoenwetter
    Lisa Schoenwetter 2 years ago

    If I’d had Zefrank for biology in college my life might’ve been completely different.

  • Fist Of The Brown Star
    Fist Of The Brown Star 2 years ago +1

    Absolutely wonderful video.
    Have you thought about doing a video on canids or possibly about migratory salmon?
    I would imagine both subjects would prove to be both extremely educational and would have a lot of comedy value.

  • Matt Weber
    Matt Weber 2 years ago +715

    When David Attenborough finally retires, ZeFrank1 should be immediately introduced as his replacement for all nature documentaries, except he is allowed to script it as well.. None of the BS he had to deal with while working for Buzzfeed.

    • Adrian
      Adrian 2 years ago +25

      agreed! begin the petition!

    • Harrison Goodman
      Harrison Goodman 2 years ago +5


    • Wilhelm Screamer
      Wilhelm Screamer 2 years ago +20

      I had no idea about his buzzfeed dealings

    • Dr. Limbo
      Dr. Limbo 2 years ago +46

      Zefrank was on Buzzfeed??
      But...he's an actually funny content creator, not a pretentious politically woke ass, or "which x are you" quizz maker?
      Now I've seen everything.

    • Chainsaw Aardvark
      Chainsaw Aardvark 2 years ago +31

      I want ZeGrank to narrate a documentary about David Attenborough.

  • Karl Spencer
    Karl Spencer 2 years ago

    Zefrank, I love you man. I swear I'm constantly checking to see if you have new uploads. You entertain me more than 99% of the other things I see on TV or the internet. Oh, tell Jerry I believed his Tardigrade was real.

  • John X
    John X Year ago +1

    Mate - you are bloody funny and very educational too. A real pleasure to watch and learn from. Thanks.
    Bebbies indeed!

  • Christopher Hall
    Christopher Hall 2 years ago

    Just brilliant. I have not laughed so hard in a while, and learned a lot too. Thank you.

  • werothegreat
    werothegreat 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for finally clarifying what those water balloon things inside are!

  • M G
    M G 2 years ago +33

    If we could all poop like that, I could only imagine what early Instagram would of been filled of

  • Blue Blank
    Blue Blank 2 years ago +138

    I think the candy-bag “tardigrade” is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a bit.
    Aside from perhaps tardigrades’ little lizard fingers and toes.

    • dianne lavoie
      dianne lavoie 2 years ago +1

      That " candy" one is a "cutie patootie". And speaking of tardigrade patooties.....well, maybe I better not. It would definitely get weird.

    • Sofa-Lofa
      Sofa-Lofa 2 years ago +1

      Yup, it's nearly as cute as a Tardigrade poop... But better tasting... Probably....Ive never tried one

  • GRRRR!
    GRRRR! 2 years ago

    I am so happy you were in my recommendations! I love the calm and humorous commentary you give alongside the classic elegant music. Subbed :)

  • Yvonne Hottinger
    Yvonne Hottinger 2 years ago

    Man, I always get so excited when you upload something! Your humor and new facts literally get me through my day sometimes. This is also great ASMR stuff on low volume; helps me sleep quite well. Can't wait until your next upload! I know it takes quite a lot of effort to make each one so I will be as patient as humanly possible lol. Thanks for doing what you do, man. It means more than you know.

  • Pifflesome Puff Nadder
    Pifflesome Puff Nadder 3 months ago +1

    To this day, I'm still waiting for someone to make s little compilation video of all the moments Jerry decided to be silly.

  • Shobeir Sheida
    Shobeir Sheida Year ago +1

    Discovered this channel today and not only learned a shitload of new useless facts, but also feel considerably less depressed than before. Thank you.

  • ginnungagap 979
    ginnungagap 979 2 years ago

    Can you imagine if tardigrades evolved to be the size of like... Like even a mouse? They'd honestly be very formidable

  • rattyeely
    rattyeely 2 years ago +60

    This is really funny but this is also the best documentary on tardigrades I've seen. The upclose footage of them eating with their needle-like mouthparts is amazing, as well as the footage of them failing to run on glass 😂

  • DeVlogmannen
    DeVlogmannen 2 years ago +1

    Hello Frank,
    I hope you read this. I just learned about the existence of the (more or less spooky) "Potoo", or "common potoo" (Nyctibius), and I would love to learn about it. By you :)

  • Liz Steeds
    Liz Steeds 2 years ago

    Wonderful content and spectacular microscopic photography. Thank you for posting.

  • Mindy Vinqvist-Tymchuk

    I LOVE the true facts series...humour and science

  • mrbenz19
    mrbenz19 2 years ago +12

    I lost it when Jerry made space using poops. That's genius.

    • Kreptic
      Kreptic 2 years ago

      What did you lose exactly?

  • Dana Doozer
    Dana Doozer 7 months ago

    What an informative and CUTE video! I love the little water bears!

  • ADHDreamer
    ADHDreamer 2 years ago +1183

    We need:
    True Facts: Humans
    True Facts: Zefrank
    True Facts: Jerry

    • Blaze Burner
      Blaze Burner 2 years ago +16

      I think he already did the Humans one, well not as a documentary video tho

    • Steak Knives
      Steak Knives 2 years ago +4

      Someone did a true facts on zefrank years ago. Now I have to check if it's still around.

    • ProfAwesomeO
      ProfAwesomeO 2 years ago +18

      I don't think we should know too much about jerry
      I feel like that can't end well

    • Silver
      Silver 2 years ago +5

      Jerry Plz

    • Omar ElShazli
      Omar ElShazli 2 years ago +1


  • Thomas Hughes
    Thomas Hughes 2 years ago +8

    For some, the fantasy of eating glitter and shining a laser pointer into the toilet just got too very real.

  • Flightless Lord
    Flightless Lord 8 months ago +1

    Fact that these things are related to Opabinia from the Cambrian makes so much sense given how bloody weird both are

  • Chris Davies
    Chris Davies 2 years ago +1

    This is Journey to the Microcosmos - except hilariously fun.
    Thank you, Mr Z Frank!

  • Lintukoko
    Lintukoko 2 years ago

    I saw the title and just thought "Tardigrade don't care." It's become a reflex to seeing/hearing the word. So glad to have Ze videos sprinkled in here and there during this unending lockdown.

  • Dave Farris
    Dave Farris 7 months ago

    Love these videos! Wish I could show them in my high school zoology classes; some of the phrases would get me in trouble.

  • Mr. Lunafish
    Mr. Lunafish 2 years ago +60

    Zefrank has taught me more than any biology class ever has

  • NRG Ltwrkr
    NRG Ltwrkr 2 years ago +2

    I can't tell you how happy you make me. I am so glad that you are back! Thank you for bringing joy, laughter and learning to a pretty empty time. Peace brother.

  • pete luis
    pete luis 2 years ago

    I have a hard time believing aliens don't exist after seeing this.
    I thought Jerry did a great job in those models! 👍