The Smiling Tadpole

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Tadpoles, precursors to frogs, are pond critters a mere 1cm (0.39 in) long.

But British science photographer David Spears took this remarkable image of a 14-day-old tadpole after he placed the tiny critter under a high-powered £90,000 ($144,936) electron microscope.


The tadpole appears to be smiling for the camera.
Spears, a former zoologist, caught the tadpole in his garden pond. The mouth parts with which tadpole is forming its ‘smile’ are used for scraping algae from the surfaces of rocks as food.
[Source: Daily Mail]

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0 responses to “The Smiling Tadpole

  1. The tadpole’s smiling because it hasn’t been eaten… yet!

  2. lowtechgrannie

    When we were kids growing up in the 1950s suburbs, summer evenings we could always hear frogs and crickets. I haven’t heard those sounds for years now. I really miss that.

    • lowtechgrannie

      When we were kids in the 50s and 60s there were ditches and little woodsy swampy areas around the neighborhood that made for great times trying to catch polliwogs, grasshoppers, etc. All those areas are gone now. My sister has a longing to take her 6 year old grandson out to find polliwogs/tadpoles but can’t find any! We have parks with water for habitat, but the frogs are gone. So are the grasshoppers and crickets.

      • LTG,
        I had read in the news about the disappearance of frogs and, therefore, also tadpoles. But I didn’t know grasshoppers and crickets too are gone. Bees, too. What is happening to the land, water, and air around us?
        I don’t just feel sorry for kids nowadays who don’t get to see and hear these critters, I fear for all of us.

      • I, too, am a bird lover. But I’ve never had a chickadee landing on my head or hummingbirds 2 inches from my face!
        That’s magical, Sage….

  3. Obviously the tadpole is anticipating maturing into a frog so he can snag his first fly. 🙂


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