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Microscopic Metal
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πŸ“½ by @jam_and_germs

Lacrymaria olor, a vicious, predatory single-celled organism attacking a smaller, single-celled organism.

This is all happening in an area smaller than the head of a pin. This footage was magnified 200x for our benefit – the microscopic realm is a foreign one to most people (myself included) and I am thrilled to be able to share this with all of you.

Lacrymaria olor is an aquatic single-celled organism. They call ponds, puddles, rivers, lakes, oceans – basically anywhere there is water, home.

Think about it:
The next time you walk by a puddle, you might actually be right next to a primordial orgy of death. If the conditions are right, each puddle contains millions of tiny organisms, eating one another, reproducing with one another, and this entire world is extremely finite, lasting only as long as the puddle itself.

Anyway, back to the video.

Lacrymaria olor is classified as a eukaryote, they are organisms that evolved 2.1 billion years ago – if we were to look at our earth at that time, it would resemble a planet devoid of life.

These particular eukaryotes have an extendable cell neck complete with a cell mouth at the tip. Around the mouth they have toxin ejecting structures called extrusomes which fire when they are stimulated.

Its hunting method is simple: repeatedly extend the neck in different directions until it makes contact with prey – the simple act of touching usually kills smaller organisms immediately due to the extrusomes – then all that’s left to do is eat.

No matter how big or small the organism may be, the ruthless struggle for existence always shines through.

#natureismetal

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