We haven't had a biology lesson in some time so when I was cleaning out the fish tank (and wondering exactly why it was we have these stupid goldfish in the first place), I scraped a little bit of the glop into a cup. I set up the microscope and we viewed the tiny marvels under a 100x power magnifying lens.
After Rhiannon drew a picture of the different life forms, we went online to try and identify them.
We positively identified vorticella, rotifers, didinium, euglena and paramecium. Then we watched a video on microbial life in fresh water and came upon the neatest thing I've ever seen (under a microscope, that is); a waterbear. We didn't have one ourselves, but watched a youtube video on them. Very cool.
Rhiannon didn't really get past the "neat-o" aspect of the biology lesson, but I am still in awe at the amount of life that we don't even know exists. Or, the amount of life that we know exists (at least in the back of our heads), but don't even consider in our day to day happenings. I mean, come on, if you even saw a few seconds of that waterbear, you'd have to start questioning your own place in this universe. That thing is micro-freaking-scopic. And it looks like a little eight-legged bear.
|This dude lived in space for ten days. No helmet, no spacesuit.|
Oh, back to the blood bath in the kitchen.
Since there was blood gushing out of my index finger, I grabbed one of the microscope slides still conveniently located on the kitchen counter and smeared some of my life onto it. Then got to see what red blood cells looked like.
|Would you LOOK at all the blood! I mean, it was just|
gushing everywhere. EVERYwhere!!!!!! Auuggghhh!!!!
|My lifeblood, for all to see, and watch die.|
But we got to scratch off "Biology" for the day on our school list and I'm now obsessed with waterbears. Oh, and my finger still hurts.