Where Can I Buy Tardigrades?

People often ask me where to buy tardigrades.
Here are two sources:



I haven’t purchased from them before, because I find my own. After all, I am the “Space Bear Hunter,” officially dubbed in the below video. But you may want to fore-go the risk of ticks and hanging inchworms.

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About Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw can be described as a naturalist in the classical sense. His contribution to Science is a by-product of his love for exploring the natural world. Having participated in a chimpanzee rehabilitation project in West Africa, he later travelled to the Amazon to study paper and pulp production as it relates to deforestation. Travelling to the observatory at Arecibo, he has done contributing research on their S.E.T.I. project. He is the author of books on microscope filters, tardigrades, and educational game books. He also conducted research on the tardigrade population in the state of New Jersey. His scientific paper was published in October 2013.


  1. Ruth Yeomans on March 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm said:

    So happy to disover this video and website. Have loved tardigrades since they blew my mind when I was looking at ditch water under a microscope around age 11. (Am now 69.)

  2. brysen on May 14, 2014 at 10:24 am said:

    Have you ever found tardigrades in washington state

    • Brysen –
      I’m sure you will find tardigrades in Washington State. Personally, I haven’t searched for them when i was there. Look in trees that have fluffy yellow lichen growing on the side. Good luck!

  3. Lori Ann on June 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm said:

    This is so interesting. Glad I found this video. Still wondering what they eat though. Thank You for all your work you are doing Mike. I love nature too. Thanks for sharing this with everyone.

    • Hi Lori Ann –
      Thy eat small plant pieces, and some other smaller organisms. They use their “stylets” to pierce vegetable matter, and their mouths to suck out the juices.

      Thanks for writing!

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