Friday, December 27, 2013

Adventures in Microscopy

Today, I hooked up the new OMAX Microscope and downloaded the software to record pictures and transfer them to the computer.  Then, I went out and collected a sample of water from our bird bath.

This is what was in it!

Bdelloid Rotifer  90 microns.  100X
It was swimming around, waving its littel cillia around the mouth, sucking  in tiny dots of things.  I read that this animal is a kind of phytoplankton.

It was in my bird bath!

There were a couple of them.  We watched them swimmig, attaching and eating for a while before returning them to the birdbath!

Incredible fun for all.