At 4:05pm on March 20th, 2015 the International Society of Tardigrade Hunters was founded. To celebrate founding members participated in a collecting expedition on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus followed by a timed tardigrade hunting session.
There was some intense competition during the timed tardigrade hunt. The winners after 15 minutes of hunting were:
1st place: Dr. Mark Slabodnick with 3 tardigrades
2nd place: Jennifer Heppert with 2 tardigrades
3rd place: Sophie Tintori with 1 tardigrade.
The collecting continued for another half hour following the competition. In total 27 wild tardigrades were found! ISTH will continue feature a new tardigrade every week on this blog. If you have any tardigrades or pictures of tardigrades you've found that you'd like us to feature do let us know.