This week in my biology classes, we were learning how to use microscopes and also did a research project that included seeing over 20 different species of single celled creatures and a few micro invertebrates. My love of nature and photography also extends to this "micro-world" as well. The samples we were able to view yielded a number of interesting subjects that the vast majority (99.999994%) of people have never seen nor heard of. As such I will occasionally share such videos here to hopefully allow you to participate in some of what I call "Micro Safaris"
Today's creature came from a sample of pond water at our school's tiny pond. At first I thought I saw a Paramecium dividing, but then the micro annelid (segmented worm) named Aeolosoma wandered into view both amazing and disturbing those who saw it's fascinating and grotesque (to some) movement.
As it turns out, Aeolosoma is a "good guy" that helps in the efficient breakdown of detritus (rotting gunk)on the bottom of ponds. It's presence in our pond sample is a sign of a healthy ecosystem.
Now that you know this - take a risk and try to "enjoy" your visit with Aeolosoma!