Smiling tadpole caught by camera, using a high-powered electron microscope (Photo)

By on Mar 16, 2011 in Animals, Europe, Science, Weird Comments

A 1-centimeter smiling tadpole was caught by camera, using a high-powered electron microscope as shown in the photo below.



Smiling tadpole caught by camera,
using a high-powered electron microscope

Image Credit: David Spears/Hotspot Media

As reported at Daily Mail on Monday, March 14, 2011, a 14-day old tadpole, which seems to be smiling, was photographed by a science photographer named David Spears, using his own high-powered electron microscope.

Spears, 65, who was said to have been working previously as a zoologist, took photos of the tiny creature in his home laboratory in Kirland, Somerset, where he has his own garden pond.

“All of him – actually, it could be a him or a her – is in focus and you can see clearly that he appears to be smiling, although what appears to be his eyes are actually his nostrils as his eyes are much further back on his head.” Spears explained.

The smiling tadpole, which was not identified as male or female, is just one of Spears’ projects as a science photographer, in which he sells them to scientific textbooks and journals worldwide.

David Spears, during his younger years, worked for the Open University in UK, where he set up the first electron microscope at the university, after graduating from college in 1970.

Later, he worked for London Scientific Films, an independent TV production company, and set up his own production company called Science Pictures.

Under his belt, Spears made over 300 films for UK television, worked as a cameraman and director, until he bought his own set of electron microscopes.



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