Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

remembering rotifers

protozoan in a dark pool, originally uploaded by gurdonark.

I like to look at protozoans through a microscope lens. I like the thing in which one takes a broom straw, puts it in a disused jelly jar full of water, lets it sit, and then reviews the results under a microscope.

I remember the first time I saw a rotifer under a microscope. A rotifer looks like a cross between a Norelco rotary razor, a janitor's moustache, and Burl Ives. I've never been to a 3-D movie whose special effects are half as good as a rotifer's spinning action.

So many spectacles take place beyond our vision. You need a lens to see the little whip-like flagellations of euglena.A paramecium's cilia only really stand out when the lens is focused. A distant small bird turns out to be a fabulous painted bunting.

How many emotional rotifers do we miss? Also, when can I have some fresh-cooked roti again?


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