The Insect That Freezes To Survive | Nature’s Biggest Beasts | BBC Earth

The mountain stone weta actually encourages its body to freeze, in order to survive.


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  1. And there ladies and gentlemen is the answer to the age old question as to why we can't cryogenically freeze ourselves for preservation into a far away future. Because out bodies are pretty much 85% water composition.

  2. According to the bible Adam named all of these creatures. Yep, he was so busy naming the billions of creatures that have ever lived he neglected Eve's sexual needs so she ran off with the talking snake.

  3. Wetas have always been so creepily fascinating to me. I hear from instagram they may actually attack things that go near their trees. Theres also a gnarly video of one being handle and ruthlessly trying to rip the persons fingers off. They do not like being taken away from their homes whatsoever.

  4. I'm disappointed in BBC Earth. While the video is interested, this is just an edited and recommentated of the origin video. Tsk tsk.

    Repackaging old videos and calling it new.

  5. Also another fact on Wetas that wasn't mentioned….
    To defend against predators, They'll often "play dead" by lying still for a short time on their back, with legs splayed, claws exposed and jaws wide open ready to scratch and bite. This behaviour is often accompanied with regurgitation (throw up) when grabbed by a predator and can act as an irritant or toxin.

  6. This made me shed a tear. To force yourself to be frozen so you don't die from being frozen is beyond amazing. I have never heard of this insect before, but this proves evolution (or God) is absolutely amazing.

  7. how could this be filmed?…….such a fantastic work to show a creepy Insect – no other animal class has developed such a diversity of species, and most of them can fly….but, freeze to survive??👀
    Thanks BBC Earth! ✨

  8. Probably milions of them tried before they managed to learn how to survive before they learned ok this way I will come back alive. Interesteing process. You decide to freeze to death and try to wake up. Seems quite risky. How can one learn something like that without protections system being in place.

  9. They live longer coz freeze their metabolism, live longer life 8 years, thus human can do the same maybe….live longer if literally freeze and defrost later another 50 years. It's like putting your money in certified deposit at the bank (CD).


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