PBS New Video Featuring the Tardigrade Hunter !

Check it out, and be sure to comment on the video and share!

Thanks! And be sure to check out my book on tardigrades:



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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. Hi Mike! In this video, in what park were you hunting Tardigrades?We live near Forest Hill Park and thought maybe that’s where you were. Thank you!

    • Anne –
      Thanks for your question! You are close… It was Rockwood Park. I hike there and do archery, so I know the park well. And they have a nature center with restrooms, which was good for the video crew recharge batteries.

  2. Wow! I LOVE tardigrades! I didn’t even know they existed until I watched the new series Cosmos last night. Now, I’m obsessed with them! They can survive so much. How cool is that. Thanks for the video – it was awesome – gonna go hunt for tardigrades in the woods. What kind of microscope do I need to be able to see and watch them?

    Oh, and I love the microscopic septet! Joel looks almost like my dad! lol.


    • Jade –
      Thanks for your message. On this website you will see my microscope store. Look under the list heading “Microscopes.” There you will find this one: AmScope SE305R-PZ 10x-20x-30x-60x Advanced All Metal Full Glass Optics Student Binocular Stereo Microscope with Incident (Top) and Transmitted (Bottom) Lights.

      I think that is a pretty good one which will allow you to find and observe tardigrades.
      Thanks for you kind comments!
      Good hunting!

  3. Thanks, Mike! I’ll take a look.

  4. Mike, I have a binocular student-grade medical scope from LW Scientific. The light is projected from underneath – can I still view the tardigrades that I hunt?

    • Danny –
      Yes, no problem. Remember – you can place a piece of black paper or cardboard under the specimen, and shine a small pocket LED light on the specimen from the side. That’s a good way to spot the tardigrade. Once you know where it is, you can use light from bottom or top. Good luck.

      • Thanks SO MUCH, Mike. This is extremely exhilarating for me. I’ve collected moss and lichen specimens from my back yard and surrounding areas here in Sarasota Florida. Still no luck with the “tardigrade” – but have seen some amazing protozoans. Will continue my search using the method you’ve described here. Thanks again!

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