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I'm a Science Teacher, Nature Photographer, Husband, Father, and Grandfather who loves to explore the natural world by traveling, photographing and thinking. 


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Amoebic Endocytosis AKA "Amoeba Feeds!"

Today's post adds a new feature to the Blue Lion Blog. In addition to traditional wildlife photography, the science geek in me has long enjoyed admiring the microscopic world through the lens of a microscope. The advent of affordable camera that can capture videos allow me to share some of my favorite ( and little known) microbes to those beyond the scope of my classes. 

This video, titled "Amoebic Endocytosis" shows a single amoeba (about 1 mm across) feeding on the single celled flagellate, Chilomonas. The process of engulfing  food like this is called endocytosis or phagocytosis. 

ENJOY! There will be more of these videos to follow! 


Kay L. Davies said...

This is another of those things I never thought I'd see — a time when a camera for photographing single-celled organisms would be available to the average consumer. Even more amazing than 60-inch televisions.
Fascinating to watch your video. I guess everything has to eat something.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

VioletSky said...

This was so neat to watch! I have had to study this sort of thing, but have only seen still photos and this is so much better.

eileeninmd said...

What an interesting video and a cool thing to watch. Thanks for sharing.